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Illegal mining: Ban Chinese from entering Ghana, says Jantuah

A total of 1,641 Chinese nationals involved in illegal mining in Ghana were arrested and repatriated between 2009 and August 2022

Kwame Jantuah, the private legal practitioner, wants the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering Ghana for sometime as part of efforts to curb illegal mining, popularly known as “galamsey”.

A total of 1,641 Chinese nationals involved in illegal mining in Ghana were arrested and repatriated between 2009 and August 2022, according to Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) records.

“You have a country like China that has started going into cocoa production, and they have sold their first yield to Belgium,” Jantuah told Asaase 99.5 Accra. “It is not an easy thing that we should mess about with.”

“It is the same Chinese who are coming in here to spoil our land.

“It is something the government should take up, and take up seriously. For me I say they should face China. If you can, ban their people from coming here, can’t  we? If you don’t try it, you don’t know, and the sad thing is that we are part and parcel of it,” Jantuah added.

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Although Ghana requires permits to mine on a small scale, it is estimated that about 70% of small-scale miners are unregistered and operate illegally. They are known locally as galamsey, meaning to “gather and sell”.

While illegal mining supports livelihoods, it has caused severe damage to the environment. It is blamed for destruction of farmlands and pollution of water bodies. It also denies the state revenue: an estimated US$2.3 billion in 2016, reports The Conversation.

Fred Dzakpata

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