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It has come to light that the current unbridled destruction of Ghana’s water bodies, cocoa farms and general environment among other irresponsible mining activities known as ‘galamsey’ is actually self-inflicted considering the country’s weak mining laws

Mr. Augustine Niber, Executive Director of Centre For Public Interest Law [CEPIL] said “while it is important for all of us to join the discussions on the issue of “galamsey” that is very topical in the country now, it is equally important to take a look at some of the weaknesses in our laws and regulations or their implementation and enforcement thereof, which has otherwise exacerbated the issue of irresponsible mining in the country as a whole with the view to finding comprehensive and lasting solutions to addressing the  issue in the country”.

Read more: Ghana’s Weak Mining Laws is the cause of Galamsey in Ghana – CEPIL Boss

A civil society group, Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) is advocating for agencies in charge of mining activities to be given the power to prosecute offenders of mining laws in Ghana.

According to CEPIL, such powers were taken from the sector agencies when a new law – Minerals and Mining Act 2006 (703) was enacted to repeal a previous law introduced under the PNDC regime.

While speaking at a forum organized by WACAM in collaboration with Citi FM and Tropenbos Ghana, the Executive Director of CEPIL, Augustine Niber also called for the review of mining laws to eliminate the conflicting roles of sector agencies.

There are a number of Ministries and government agencies currently supervising activities that border on the environment in Ghana.

Read more: Give Mining Sector Agencies Prosecution Powers – CSO

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