Vice President of Dunkwa Small Scale Mining Association Benjamin Annan says there has been no fight against galamsey.
According to him the so called galamsey fight is a ploy to put fear into small time miners to create space for key government functionaries to take over.
Benjamin Annan was speaking in an interview with Sena Nombo on the Gold Morning Conversation on President Akufo-Addo’s meeting with the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
President Akufo-Addo also met with Metropolitan, Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) over the worsening galamsey fight.
Illegal, irresponsible farming has now extended to thirteen out of the sixteen regions of the country.
Vice President of Dunkwa Small Scale Mining Association Benjamin Annan said the fight against illegal, irresponsible mining would have long succeeded if the act was being perpetrated by the average Ghanaian living in the mining areas.
He said the pollution of the water bodies was because of the entry of politicians into mining.
Mr. Annan said the politicians unlike small scale miners are able to mine areas that the ordinary miner is not allowed to enter.
He cited instances when soldiers were found protecting miners whose activities affected the environment as evidence that the people involved were powerful.
Benjamin Annan said no ordinary Ghanaian can mine a forest reserve when soldiers were patrolling the mining areas.