A former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, has urged Parliament to summon the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to come and give
account of what she knows about the involvement of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in illegal mining ( galamsey) activities .
"If you know that you are engaged in it, tell yourself today that it is finished,” she made the revelation at a retreat in Accra.
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Mr Oppong-Fosu, who also served as
Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra last Friday, he said merely asking the MMDCEs to stop the illegal activities would not solve the problem.
The matter, he emphasised, needed to be taken up by Parliament to get to the bottom of it because of its negative repercussions.
"MMDCEs chair the security committees in the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies so if they are actively involved in
Mr Oppong-Fosu said illegal mining was a real source of concern because it had national and global security implications.
Even as there are plans to lift the ban placed on small-scale mining, he stressed the need for the government to assure Ghanaians about measures it was putting in place to combat the
He further mentioned money laundering, illegal immigration, armed robberies and terrorism as some of the negative activities that came with illegal mining.
He also questioned whether foreigners who operated at illegal mining sites were properly documented by the Ghana Immigration Service.
According to Mr Oppong-Fosu, studies had shown that the illegally mined gold in the country
The former minister also expressed concern about the socio-economic impact of