By Joyce Bedeley:
Mr. Joe Debrah, Chief-Executive-Officer of Goland Plantations in Asamankese in the Eastern region has called on galamsey operators in the country to divert into the agricultural sector. This according to him is due to the fact that there is a lot to grow for the consumption of mankind instead of engaging in their destructive activities which rather has adverse effects on agricultural production in the country.
Mr. Joe Debrah made these known during an interview on the threats posed to agricultural activities and the threats to humans in the area due to the daunting mining activities perpetrated, particularly in Asamankese and the country as a whole.
Mr. Debrah who was speaking in an interview with Rite News on Thursday lamented over the activities of the miners which continue to leave in its trail wanton destruction to the environment including the effects on farms and farmlands.
According to him, Ghana has been mining Gold since the country’s ‘Gold Coast era’ till date but it’s now taken a different form in the guise of galamsey activities. He cited the example of the Obuasi Township in the Ashanti region where he noted that depletion of the environment is rampant.
Mr. Debrah who was also concerned about the activities of the miners on water bodies said that water bodies are being polluted through the mining activities. ‘For instance, if you drive to Takoradi, you will observe that rivers within the area are all polluted and have turned red,’ he observed. He added that he was expecting the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon Peter Amewu to come clear and tell Ghanaians what he will do to check all those activities.
Mr. Debrah was concerned was worried that the problem if not checked could result in an acute shortage of in the next few years if nothing is done about it.
To him, the nation doesn’t stand to lose anything if she left all the gold in the soil, especially since the coffers and economy of the country are not in anyway affected by any contributions from the illegal operators.