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A screen grab image from the video showing some of the activities of the illegal miners.

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Mr. Quao stated that illegal miners have recently been running rampant and unchecked in the area and that they are just about 100 meters short of breaking into the walls of NASHS.
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Activists in the Nzema East Municipal District in the Western Region of Ghana have called for a halt to illegal mining activities in the area that is presently destroying the environment. According to the activists, the threat posed to the landscape and water bodies in the area is so severe that perpetrators need to be sanctioned and their activities stopped immediately to avert further damage.

In a videotaped appearance on the ‘Jolly Breakfast Show’ on Skyy 93.5 FM, a local radio program in the area, two activists - Michael Adeba of the Oil Galamsey Action Group and Francis Quao, the secretary of the Nzema Youth Association – confirmed to the host that ongoing illegal mining activities in the area are currently threatening to bring down the walls of Nkroful Agricultural Senior High School (NASHS), a mainstay of education within the municipality.

Upsurge in galamsey activities threaten Nkroful Agricultural SHS and surrounding areas

A screen grab image from the video showing some of the activities of the illegal miners.

According to Mr. Adeba, he stumbled on to the current situation enveloping the Senior High School as a result of an ongoing research by his group aimed at providing farming and other sustainable job opportunities for the youth of the area.

He added that written petitions to the power brokers in the area including the Police, Member of Parliament, Chiefs, and the District Chief Executive have not yielded much positive results.

He also stated that the illegal digging has reached the backyard of the residencies of the District Chief Executive, the Chief Magistrate and that of the Police Commander.

On a positive note, Mr. Adeba stated that the main sponsor of the illegal mining activity was recently placed under arrest, but has since been granted bail.

Upsurge in galamsey activities threaten Nkroful Agricultural SHS and surrounding areas

A screen grab image from the video showing some of the activities of the illegal miners.

Mr. Quao stated that illegal miners have recently been running rampant and unchecked in the area and that they are just about 100 meters short of breaking into the walls of NASHS.

The activists touched on the uncontrolled use of mercury in the mining process and the health risks it poses to the larger community, the threat to the Ankobra River, which is a source of pipe-borne water for many in the municipality, as contaminated water from rivers and other smaller water bodies feeds into it.

Illegal mining has been on the upsurge for a while now across several parts of the country with the government seemingly unable to bring it under control.

Lately, illegal mining activities have been on the upsurge across various parts of the country and the government is seemingly unable to bring it under control.

Disclaimer: Due to the wearing of nose masks by the activists and an inability to determine which one of them was talking at certain points during the interview and a lack of depth with the local language used in the interview, there is the possibility that we may have unintentionally ascribed a statement to one or the other during the translation process.

For purposes of accuracy, a Facebook link to the videotape can be accessed by clicking on the embedded link.

 

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