o combat unauthorized mining in the area, the Western Regional Coordinating Council has declared that it has adopted an anti-galamsey policy.
According to the policy, the mining licenses issued to miners in the area will have the Chief Executives of various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies as signatories.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah stated at a press conference in Accra that the action is intended to assist the executives in joining the fight against the threat.
We are currently working on a policy called the anti-galamsey policy that addresses this issue. At first, we did swoops, but now we don’t. The only way we can stop people from mining in the area is by making arrests, so we are doing that right now.
Our chief executives are also signing the mining licenses that are being issued, according to the company. All of Ghana’s top executives actually reached an understanding with the president, and they are now signing portions of it. As a result, they are aware of both those who have and have not received mining licenses.
Galamsey, or illegal mining, has proven to be a difficult problem to solve, particularly in the Western and Eastern regions. Although galamsey has an impact on many aspects of life, the pollution of rivers and other water sources is where it is most noticeable. People who depend on river systems for their livelihood and source of drinking water are under a great deal of stress as a result of the polluted rivers.
The council claims that as a result, such actions will aid in its eradication in the area. However, in response to claims that some district chief executives are engaged in illegal mining, the Minister dismissed them as untrue and promised that if discovered, such recalcitrant authorities would face harsh punishment.