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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

The people of Bepotintin, near Ashanti Bekwiare, must have been relieved, following the arrest of the Chinese-born ‘galamsey’ or illegal mining operator,

Aisha Huang, whose area of operation included their farmlands. They must be relieved because the continuous vandalising of their cocoa farms has ceased. But their relief must be short lived, because their once lucrative cocoa farms are no more and, in its place, are lost livelihoods, degraded farm lands and destroyed water bodies.

In the words of Civic Response’s Albert Katako, who visited the area recently, “the worst is yet to come, because the cumulative impacts of hazardous chemicals used in mining, will begin to manifest later in the health of the people, in about five years from now”.

It is for this reason, among others, that participants at a debate event a fortnight ago in Accra on irresponsible mining, called for a one year moratorium on illegal mining, within the short-term. This is to allow for space for broadened discussions on the subject and to define long-term mutually-beneficial and appropriate solutions.

Read more: Forum held on irresponsible mining in Ghana
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