Convener of Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG), Kenneth Ashigbey, has urged the media in the country to renew their commitment to the fight against galamsey, thereby intensifying the campaign to end the endemic.
He added that if the media did not intensify the campaign against the galamsey menace, politicians who were major stakeholders in the fight would not relent on their efforts to stop galamsey activities since they would be soliciting votes from the same people.
According to him, the coalition believes that even though there has been significant progress made so far in the fight against the canker with some battles won, it was still not over.
He made the call at a community engagement for the people of Nsuaem in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly of the Western Region.
The engagement was aimed at creating understanding and making acceptance of the preservation of the environment and its resources a collective good rather than the selfish economic motives presented by galamsey.
Mr Ashigbey contended that galamsey activities escalated as a result of system and leadership failure and so building capacity of stakeholders to stem the tide was vital.
It will be recalled that the government through the minister of lands and natural resources placed a six-month moratorium on the activities of illegal mining popularly know as galamsey, following the widespread devastation of water and forest resources as a result of their activities.
The ban was, however, extended in October 2017, for another three months, ending January 2018, and again extended invariably.
Story: From Seth AMEYAW DANQUAH, TAKORADI, WESTERN REGION