“Government appointees are engaged in illegal mining and must be named and shamed.” – Ashanti Regional Minister

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The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah has confirmed that indeed some appointees of the current government are indeed involved in illegal mining known in local parlance as galamsey.

Speaking at the first Regional Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining held in Kumasi on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, the Regional Minister called for the highest form of sanctions against government officials who will be caught engaging in illegal mining which is threatening the survival of the nation’s forest reserves and river bodies.

“The government appointees involved in galamsey will be shamed and given proper sanctions. We can’t go against the principles, policies of the president. I pray all the stakeholders to succeed in the fight against the galamsey,” he said while lamenting on how farmlands have been destroyed which could impact negatively on food security in the country.