Chiefs and residents of Beppo pledge to support the fight against illegal mining in the municipality


The chiefs and residents of Beppo, a mining community in Prestea Huni Valley Municipality in the Western Region, pledged their unwavering support in the fight against illegal mining.

This followed a fruitful dialogue with the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker.

The assurance that has been conveyed by the Tufuhene, Nana Bretuo II follows an impassioned plea by George Mireku Duker for them to help the government fight against illegal mining.

In an address during a sensitization of stakeholders against illegal mining on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Mr. Mireku Duker evoked a feeling of communism and nationalism among traditional authorities and locals against “galamsey”.

Referring to the destruction of the community river which is a tributary of the Ankobra River, by ‘galamsey’ operations, Hon. Mireku Duker said the community as a whole should not bear the brunt of the greedy few and encouraged residents to rise up against illegal mining.

Chiefs and residents of Beppo pledge to support the fight against illegal mining in the municipality

“Because of greed, we are destroying our country and our future. That’s a shame. It’s a shame that some of our chiefs sat on the sidelines to have our river destroyed. It’s sad and shameful. Because of the gold, we are destroying the river that feeds the Ankobra. We all have to be responsible,” he said.

He made them aware of the harmful effects of “galamsey” and called on them to declare zero tolerance for illegal mining.

The Deputy Minister explained to the community that the 1992 Constitution gave them the power to arrest all those whose actions are harmful to the community and the country, adding that the time has come for the community to arrest the illegal miners whose actions cause irreparable damage to the environment. .

Chiefs and residents of Beppo pledge to support the fight against illegal mining in the municipality

“If our leaders and the general public agree to stand up to any form of illegal mining, no one can do it. Our constitution allows for citizen’s arrest. You don’t have to be a police officer to arrest someone doing something harmful to the country. We must all come together and agree that irresponsible small-scale mining must stop now. Let’s all do this for our community and the country,” he said.

He therefore called on the chiefs and locals to act and pleaded with them to ensure an immediate halt to all forms of illegal mining activities.

The MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem clarified that the Akufo-Addo government is not against small-scale mining but wants to purge the sector of harmful practices in view of the employment opportunities it offers Ghanaians.

Chiefs and residents of Beppo pledge to support the fight against illegal mining in the municipality

“The large-scale mining companies in Ghana employ around 30,000 people, but the smaller companies employ around a million Ghanaians, so I am totally against the ban on small-scale mining. My government is also against banning small-scale mining. What is important is that we operate responsibly and protect it so that it helps us and does not kill us,” he explained.

He said the government has a number of alternative livelihoods for people who renounce illegal mining.

The Chief Inspector of Mines at the Minerals Commission, Mr. Kofi Adjei, has raised awareness about the disastrous consequences of illegal mining. He pointed to the health, economic and social impacts that ‘galamsey’ poses on the country and preached against it.

Chiefs and residents of Beppo pledge to support the fight against illegal mining in the municipality

The region’s municipal chief executive, Isaac Dasmani, commended the chiefs and residents for heeding the deputy minister and government’s call and instructed them to put into practice what he said.

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