The District Chief Executive for Kwahu West in the Eastern region has made a ghastly revelation that, 2/3rd of his friends who went into illegal mining have died .
The DCE ,Hon.Yaw Owusu Addo ,using the revelation as case study to prove the life threatening dangers associated with the menace explained that, the illicit business may annihilate the active work force of the country that is the youth ,due to the dangers continue exposure to mercury and cyanide pose to their health.
” i used to have a lot of friends who helped me in my farming activities, today about 2/3rd of them are dead . They switched to this illegal mining this galamsey thing and I can say on authority that 2/3rd of them are all dead and i am sure it is because of the exposure to poisoning by the chemicals they have been using but when you told them they never believed you ,about 2/3rd of them are dead now the rest don’t look very healthy .so it is not any good activity at all.Those who are gaining from it ,do not get involve in the poisoning of the bodies .The Chinese will be standing up there that know the import of doing the illegal mining so they don’t get involve they only take the gold from them “
Mr.Yaw Owusu Addo,a former Director of Radio at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation said this when speaking to ENA in Koforidua after swearing -in Ceremony of 24 Municipal and District Chief Executives .
The 24 Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCE’s ) in the Eastern Region have resolved to sustain the fight against illegal gold mining to make sure that the menace is eradicated in the region.
The MDCE’s also heads of the District Security Councils ,DISEC, in their respective districts say, the fight against illegal gold mining is one of the legacies the Akufo Addo led government wants to leave ,therefore ,as heads of Security at the local levels ,they will ensure that recalcitrant illegal miners are arrested and Prosecuted while persons with license checked to operate diligently according to regulations.
Hon.Yaw Owusu Addo,who spoke on behalf of the MDCE’s ,stated that ,they have agreed to remain resolute with the President to fight all forms of illicit gold mining as they take office ,adding that, even though the MDCE’s recognize that ,the fight against illegal gold mining is a difficult one but the political Commitment by the Akufo Addo led government provides impetus for MDCE’s to surmount all obstacles to fight against the menace .
Eastern region is one of the regions badly affected by illegal gold mining in Ghana.The illicit activity has led to pollution of major river bodies in the region particularly the Birim river .Several acres of arable lands have been also degraded affecting agriculture and health of residents.