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The Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has warned that the fight against illegal mining will only be successful when there is honesty and no corruption in the country. According to him, there is a lot of dishonesty and corruption in the society, especially with regard to the mining industry.

“What we’re seeing is as a result of reaping the rewards of corruption as a country. And we cannot afford to go to sleep or stop this campaign against illegal mining. We’re paying a heavy price for what is happening in the mining industry,” he said.

In an interview with Business Day Ghana at a stakeholders’ forum organized by the Wacam in Accra, Nana Kobina Nketsia V disclosed that there are strong political powers behind the illegal mining activities Ghana is faced with.

Read more: Nana Kobina Nketsia fingers political powers in galamsey

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

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