#Galamsey: Mining in forest reserves will be banned – Mahama [Video]

    The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Mahama, says that if elected into office, he will amend the law to end the cycle of indiscriminate mining in forest reserves.

    According to him, forest reserves are currently being taken over by illegal mining, which has contaminated water sources and affected crop production.

    “We are going to ban mining in forest reserves. As for that, it is non-negotiable. The law that amended to allow people to go into forest reserves to do mining will be re-amended to stop it,” he said during a media engagement on July 7.

    He stressed that the current number of government officials involved in mining in forest reserves was frightening and pledged that under his administration, no official would be allowed to engage in illegal mining.

    The former president said that the menace was impacting climate change in the country.

    Mr Mahama said the dry seasons were now getting longer, and the rainy seasons had also changed.

    “We don’t want the forest zone to become the savannah zone, we must protect those trees and rebuild those forest reserves,” he added.

    He added that his government would also open offices for all the agencies that oversee the mining sector in districts where gold mining takes place.

    The NDC flagbearer added that a Minerals Commission office would also be present to ensure enforcement and compliance.

    Nonetheless, he vowed to arrest top politicians who are into Galamsey and not just the perpetrators.

    “I will grant amnesty to people convicted of Galamsey because those who are imprisoned for Galamsey are not the actual perpetrators of Galamsey…. If somebody must be imprisoned, it must be the DCE’s and ministers who are doing the Galamsey not the people they are employing,” he said.


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