The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources ,John -Peter Amewu,has fessed -up that,strongholds of the Ruling New Patriotic Party are notorious for illegal mining in Ghana .
According to the Minister, despite this situation,there is strong support by Party functionaries and NPP Members of Parliament for the waging fight against illegal mining known in local parlance as galamsey.
“we have done a bit of study,in most of the constituencies which these things are occurring and fortunately unfortunately, constituencies which majority members of Parliament from the NPP are coming from are mostly the areas where illegal mining is happening but they feel that these things should not continue ,for us it gives us a strong hope because the same Party,the MPs and the same Ministers are saying enough is enough “
He said despite the involvement of influential people in galamsey,the Political will and support is high hence optimistic of ending the menace in the earnest .He said ,he is not expecting to get calls from the President or Political bigwigs to spare anyone caught in the act.
“what is good this time round is that,the political will is so high ,right down from the President down to the Ministry ,the media fraternity .27 million Ghanaians are saying that,let’s say no to the 70,000 to 80,000 people who are involved in this business,so the Political will is very high and for us this is the right time for us to say no to this activities”
The Minister said this on evening current affairs TV program “State of Affairs ” on Ghone TV .
Illegal mining activities in Ghana have led to destruction of arable lands and pollution of water bodies with poisonous chemicals mostly mercury and Cyanide . Ghana is battling illegal mining for about a decade .The level of pollution has reached lethal level attracting glowing concern by Ghanaians and the media.
Experts have predicted that,Ghana may import water after 2020 should the current situation continue unabated .
The Government of Ghana has however ,promised to deal with the menace once for all with comprehensive policy approach in the coming days to preserve and conserve the environment from further destruction.
Some Lawmakers are advocating for the establishment of Environmental Police to guard the environment from environmental crimes.