The Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG) has slammed the government over what it describes as a neglect of the media and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the roadmap to lifting the ban on small-scale mining in Ghana
Addressing a press conference in Accra Thursday morning, a co-convener of the group, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey said if the government had engaged other relevant stakeholders in the development of its roadmap to lift the ban on
“We could have contributed to enriching the
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Mr Ashigbey said the roadmap also failed to clearly identify the role of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) which is an
According to him, it is important that the Minerals Commission or another body be strengthened and empowered to provide the day to day oversight needed for such an important national project.
He also said the group would like to know the steps government is taking or has taken towards the ratification of
Mr Ashigbey said lands degraded through the activities of illegal mining needs to be reclaimed, adding that “to date, there is no clear information on steps being taken to reclaim these degraded lands.”
In addition, he said, “there have been several reports of
He said, for instance, that the leadership of the Forestry Commission have been accused of complicity in engaging in illegal mining under the pretext of reclaiming degraded lands and thus called for an independent investigation into the allegations to establish its veracity or otherwise.
“We call on the President to set up an independent committee of experts from various relevant sectors to investigate the allegation. The Forestry Commission should be