A media coalition comprising the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC, Ghana Journalists Association, GJA, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, GIBA and the Private Newspaper Publishers Association, PRINPAG, Tuesday launched the media coalition against illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey.
The coalition is to sensitise the public to the galamsey menace and seek support to flush out the illegal miners.
The campaign is meant to be a wake-up call to the harm being done to water bodies and the vegetation by the illegal miners.
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid in a remark commended the media for championing the fight against galamsey.
He said government will soon roll out a comprehensive plan that will stop the menace.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Peter Amewu said there will be more advocacies to fight illegal mining.
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Kofi Adda, said his Ministry is ready to support the campaign against illegal mining in order to save water resources in the country.
The Director General of GBC, Dr Kwame Akuffo Anoff- Ntow, said the galamsey menace should be used as an entry point to fight other activities that affect water bodies.
The General Manager of the Graphic Communications Group in charge of newspapers, Yao Boadu Ayeboafo, said irrespective of the authority behind the galamsey operators, the media must use its tools to fight the people indulging in these illegal activities.