An Environmentalist and Dean School of Natural and Environmental Sciences,] at the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Somanya Professor Edward Wiafe is worried that the fight against illegal mining in the country is not defined.
Professor Edward Wiafe is wondering whether the crusade is protecting waterbodies against pollution from mining activities or curtailing the activities of galamsey in the country.
“It is not well defined because extracting minerals is not a crime in the country. If we are complaining that water bodies are being destroyed because minerals are being extracted, technology is changing. We may extract the mineral but not washing it in water…so let us define the type. Are we fighting against gold mining? They say some are legal but if you visit their sites it is not any different from those engaged in illegal mining”. He revealed on ETV monitored by MyNewsGh.com
The Senior Lecturer disclosed that fighting galamsey is a herculean task and underscored the need for specific strategies to be put in place lest the country could be overwhelmed by the menace.
“We are in for a big fight and if care is not taken, defeat awaits us. If you are fighting an enemy, you must define your strategies very well. It is not today galamsey started…the yellow colour on our national flag stands for gold. We have allowed ourselves to be overwhelmed by the situation. Are we fighting for water pollution or mineral mining? We have to define clearly; if we are fighting for water pollution, we should create an agency to protect our water bodies. Have you seen the Odaw River? There is no galamsey ongoing in that River but that water is not potable”, he stressed
On the issue of small-scale mining and galamsey he noted “they say some are legal but if you visit their sites it is not any different from those engaged in illegal mining. If that is the case, let us legalize galamsey in order to be able to regulate them”