AFRICA/GHANA - The Archbishop of Kumasi: "Ghanaians involved in illegal mining are the wicked citizens who seek the fall of the country"

Thursday, 27 July 2017 ecology   bishops  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - Ghanaians involved in illegal mining are the wicked citizens who seek the fall of the country over their personal interest, denounced His Esc. Mgr. Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi.
The phenomenon of the so-called "galamsey", illegal gold miners, is threatening the ecosystem of Ghana, in particular rivers and national water reserves, which are polluted due to the massive use of mercury used to extract gold from the gold rocks.
" Thinking about yourself and family without considering the nation means you are greedy and evil. Let’s think about the future of the country and the generations to come", admonished the Archbishop.
According to Mgr. Anokye, illegal miners are even more wicked and dangerous than murderers and went further to describe them as fools who do not think about their Country.
Although the government has launched a campaign to ban the "galamsey" activities, Mgr. Anokye denounces that there are still many places ‘galamsey’ activities are ongoing at night in various areas such as Timso, Modaso and Diaso.
Ghana is the second gold producer and the world's tenth. In addition to legal mines, there are countless illegal mines. The number of "galamsey" is difficult to estimate: probably between 30,000 to 200,000, some of which are foreign, even Chinese.
Kumasi is the capital of the region of Ashanti, in southern Ghana, where the country's gold reserves are concentrated. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 27/7/2017)