President Akufo-Addo, on July 31, 2017, in fulfillment of his campaign promise launched Operation Vanguard group and charged it with stopping the activities of galamseyers in the three most galamsey ravaged regions in the country.
When the war on galamsey was declared, the president, who was bent on ending the canker, decided to give a clear picture of the scope and duration of the intervention.
He, therefore, set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to implement the two-year road map.
Is being almost three years since the launch and yet there has been no tangible and visible progress in not only reducing the menace, but ending it once and for all.
Report upon report seems to suggest that, those who have been given the responsibility to fight it are themselves neck deep in the activities.
Anas Armeyaw Anas and his Tiger PI, early last year went undercover in another explosive documentary on illegal mining titled “Galamsey Fraud”.
The documentary revealed that government officials are circumventing measures to curb illegal mining and allowing a company to mine.
The undercover work showed the officials receiving various sums of money to facilitate the process and provide security protection for the mining company.
As a matter of fact, the Inter-ministerial committee, whose mandate was to collaborate effectively with the Operation Vanguard joint security task force with the object of flushing out Illegal mining activities across the country, however, due largely to the involvement of some of its members in the galamsey activities, one cannot say with certainty if the IMCIM is any way near achieving this plausible mandates.
Indeed, the euphoria that greeted the setting up of the Committee, seems to have given way to sheer pessimism as the situation has moved from bad to worse.
It is estimated that Western region alone, losses a total of 5.3 million gallons of water daily due to the increased activities of illegal miners in the Pra River, this is according to the Ghana Water Company Ltd.
This means over half of the company’s customer base of 31,327, are denied portable drinking water on daily basis.
While we commend the government for the success of the war against galamsey, we urge them to do more to ensure that this menace with the tendency to destroy not only our forest, but our water bodies, becomes history in the country in the shortest time possible.
Accordingly, we call on President Akufo-Addo, to issue marching orders to Operation Vanguard to, in this new year, stamp out the remnants of the galamseyers and any such elements destroying our forest and water bodies once and for all.