Involve Chiefs In Galamsey Fight- Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The King of Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has urged the government to involve chiefs in the fight against illegal mining indicating that, neglect of chiefs in the fight may have resulted in its failure in the past hence the need to do things differently.

Involve Chiefs In Galamsey Fight- Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The King of Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has urged the government to involve chiefs in the fight against illegal mining indicating that, neglect of chiefs in the fight may have resulted in its failure in the past hence the need to do things differently.

Speaking at the Manhyia Palace when officials of the Minerals Commissions called on him, Asantehene said chiefs must be made to play a role in the fight against galamsey saying chiefs must also be involved in the process of issuance of mining permits, adding that the failure to get chiefs involved in such processes, forces them to get involved in the illegal mining instead, hence jeopardizing the fight.

“The constitution even says all minerals are vested in the president, but we know that the gold is vested in the soil and the local chief is in charge of the soil. A stranger can be given a permit to mine on the chief’s land but the maps and licence for mining are given in Accra. Because the chiefs are not involved, they also join in the galamsey. If the chief is involved in the process, this will not happen,” he said.

Illegal mining which is locally referred to as ‘galamsey’, has, over the past few years, dominated national conversations.

His excellency Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017 declared that he was prepared to put his presidency on the line in the fight against galamsey.

His declaration was amidst new measures such as the deployment of police and military personnel to arrest illegal miners across the country and the introduction of a community mining programme aimed at regulating small-scale mining in communities in an environmentally sustainable manner.