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Illegal miners at work in Ghana. Illegal mining has grave damaging effects on human lives, animals and the environment / Photo: BDO

Ghanaians in Diaspora write to President Akufo-Addo on illegal mining

A coalition of groups has written a letter to Ghana’s  President Nana Akufo-Addo on the need to act without delay on illegal mining in the country.

The groups are concerned about ecocide and the damaging effect of illegal mining on human lives, animals and the environment in Ghana.

A delegation representing the Ghanaians presented the letter to the acting Ghanaian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, H.E. Mr. Damptey Asare, on Wednesday.

Delegation hands over letter for Ghana’s President to High Commissioner In London. From left to Right: Mr Nickleton-Kumordjie, Mr Chris Jones Thompson, Ms Nana Asante, Mr Kofi Addo (Head Of Trade & Investment, Ghana High Commission), Mrs Naa Adoley Asamoah-Koranteng (Political & Economic section), Acting High Commissioner, H.E. Damptey Asare, and Awula Serwah / Photo: Kwaku


The delegation, led by London-based socio-political community group Africans For, is particularly  concerned about ecocide and the destruction of the Ghanaian environment, particularly the pollution of waters and water beds which has rendered many drinking water sources unsafe.

The letter urges the Government to secure the affected areas, stop the illegal mining and begin the clean-up process, whilst also exploring alternative means of income for persons involved in illegal mining. It also urged the Government to ensure that those mining legally conform to environmental regulations.

The letter, which was copied to ministers and chiefs in Ghana, was co-signed by over 30 Ghanaians based at home and abroad, and several pan-Africanists.

Last month the Government issued a well-publicised ultimatum to illegal miners to cease operations. 

 Awula Serwah

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