The leader of GUM Rev. Christian Kwabena Andrews has promised to legalize ” galamsey” if elected as President in the 2020 general elections.
He explained that galamseyers or illegal small scale miners, in the country will return to mining sites if he becomes the President.
According to him, it is pointless for galamseyers to continue to wallow in extreme poverty when they can work to cater for themselves and their families.
Osofo Kyiri Abosom revealed this at the manifesto launch, for which assure that he will put in place good measures that will offer galamsyers the opportunity to work again without destroying water bodies.
He explained that his government will supply the galamseyers equipment to reclaim the lands and reserve it for the future generation and for other profitable ventures.
He called on the galamseyers who have been rendered unemployed due to the actions by the government to vote massively for GUM in the December general elections.
“Ghana belongs to all of us, so galamseyers will return to the field when I become President in 2021, after their operations, we will give them excavators to cover the pits that will be created after the mining, and then, we will plant trees on the used lands. We will only allow them to go to the lands and not where water bodies are,” Osofo Kyiriabosom said.
Fuming with rage, he blamed President Akufo-Addo of reducing the Community Mining Programme (CMP) which was launched by him in Wassa Akropong, Western Region on Wednesday, July 25, 2019 to formalise artisanal and small-scale gold mining activities in selected communities across the country to political mire where only those with NPP affinity are being considered.
He indicated that some former illegal small-scale gold miners (ex-galamseyers) who were trained by the government to benefit from the programme have been denied their mining operating permit licenses.
According to him, the licenses for the programme which were to be given to the former illegal small-scale gold miners were rather being issued to few ex-galamseyers who are identified as members and supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) without recourse to the law governing mining activities.
He added that long-serving prisoners, under his presidency, will be released with the exemption of those locked up for murder charges.
He noted that some of top officials of the NPP who are not supposed to benefit from the programme had rather secured mining operating permit license illegally to embark on the programme meant for ex-galamseyers (youth) who hitherto became redundant due to the ban on illegal small-scale mining activities.
According to him, the miners find it extremely difficult to secure the mining operating license to carry out the community mining programme although they have gone through the rightful processes and procedures of collecting the environmental permit license from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
BY JOSEPH NANA YAW COBBINA