The Institute of Public Relations,IPR, has said,public outcry and media campaigns against illegal mining menace in Ghana must be intensified nationwide to exert torrid pressure on government to deal with the menace once for all. IPR mentioned in a statement issued Friday and signed by its President ,Elaine Sam that, “The IPR is particularly mindful of the need for persistent and concerted pressure measures which must now be applied nationwide to push through the needed legislative processes to deal with all the residual factors currently blocking the path to true sanity, relative health, safety and progress in the mining sector.”
According to the IPR,the fight against the menace failed over the years due to unstained crusade given that extremely influential persons are involved in the menace.
“Many attempts had been made in the past and the reasons for the indecision and subsequent failure are not far to seek.The perception or the alleged collusion or tacit support of several opinion leaders, traditional rulers, the political elite, local youth, migrant labourers etc, formed a considerable front of opposition, which is only now beginning to unravel.“
IPR is of the opine that,in peculiar case of the involvement of Chinese and other foreign nationals should be dealt with firmly and with the national interest as a sole objective adding that,”no foreign interest can love our natural resources better than ourselves”
IPR lauded the Media Coalition against Galamsey initiative by Ghanaian media and announced the Institute has joined to intensify effective communication to impact positively for a paradigm shift in approach to the environment .“With the foregoing, the IPR, mindful of the role effective communication plays in the sort of attitudinal change, policy formulation, implementation and review processes needed to make the necessary impact, hereby offers to stand shoulder to shoulder with the ….Media Coalition Against Galamsey to carry the fight on to the desired conclusion. ‘God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong’ We have only one Ghana. We cannot afford to stand by and see it destroyed by greed, short-termism and irresponsible behaviour. The time to restore our lands and waters to anything near their pristine pasts is now”
Illegal Mining menace which has existed for over a decade now has led to destruction of farmlands and Pollution of water bodies creating water scarcity in most parts of the country.This has sparked huge public outcry with the media leading campaign against the menace exerting pressure on government to deal with the canker.
The government has promised to earnestly deal with the canker .