Today ,Friday April 21,2017 is National Red Friday ,a day set aside for Ghanaians particularly persons concern over the destruction of the environment by illegal miners in the Country to wear red dresses or red hand band or headgear in protest against galamsey menace .
The day was declared by joint pressure groups , Occupy Ghana and Media Coalition against Galamsey menace .
Ace Anan Ankomah,a private legal practitioner and a member of OccupyGhana ,a pressure group announced when the two groups held a meeting in Accra April 11,2017.
He said the move is as part of efforts to intensify the campaign against illegal mining menace.On the scheduled Day, members of the coalition and persons concerned about the campaign are expected to dress in red apparels to send strong signal to government to end the menace by hook or crook.
The media coalition include media partners such as the GCGL, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), the New Times Corporation (NTC), the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the Christian Council and the Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG).
The media coalition hopes to collect one million signatures from Ghanaians and individuals interested in joining the fight against illegal mining, otherwise known as “galamsey”, and forward it to the Presidency for radical action.
The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, who is also the convener of the coalition, said the failure to curb illegal mining in the country over the past decades was unfortunate, hence destruction of the environment with impunity .
He blamed the current state of affairs on leadership failure from all sectors and expressed the hope that political leadership for once would take charge and bring the menace which had muddied water bodies in the country to an immediate end.
He announced plans by the coalition to visit all the galamsey sites across the country to drum home the dangers it was posing to the society; and also indicated plans to also join forces with other security agencies, civil society organisations, as well as traditional leaders and the clergy to fight the canker.
The three- week ultimatum given to illegal miners to cease operation throughout the country ended last Wednesday.The Minister of Lands and Natural resources ,John Peter Amewu on the day,toured some affected mining sites in the Eastern region with a task-force.The Minister announced that,the illegal miners have all vacated their sites.He also mentioned that,about 544 excavators have been moved out illegal mining sites throughout the country.
Government is yet to announce the next line of action.