Illegal miners to spend 25 years in prison

Illegal miners to spend 25 years in prison

Persons who engage in illegal small-scale mining activities (galamsey) risk being imprisoned for twenty five (25) years, President Nana Addo Danwa Akufo-Addo, has said.

Speaking at the 2019 Bar Conference on Monday, 9th September, 2019, in Takoradi, Mr Akufo-Addo said “Specific new laws have been enacted; institutional deficits in logistics and personnel of law enforcement agencies, especially the police, from years of neglect, are being addressed with their systematic empowerment; protection of the public purse is being manifest,”

He also told the Bar Conference that on 19th August, 2019, he gave assent to the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act, 2019, which has increased drastically the penalties for persons engaged in illegal mining, the notorious ‘galamsey’.

“We are now talking about minimum mandatory sentences of fifteen (15) years, and a maximum of twenty-five (25) years, for persons caught in galamsey, and the Act has also increased the punishment for foreigners, setting minimum mandatory sentences of twenty (20) years, and maximum of twenty-five (25) years. The fight against galamsey has entered a new, decisive phase,” the President assured.

Speaking on the theme, “Enhancing National Security Through the Rule of Law: Prospects and Challenges”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the observance of the law is the foundation of every organised and progressive society.

As part of efforts to deal with the effects of illegal small-scale mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ on the environment and water bodies across the country, the Akufo-Addo-led government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources placed a ban on all small-scale mining activities shortly after coming into office.

The ban was to enable the government deal with the illegal ones among them and to also properly streamline the activities of the licensed miners.

Government launched a joint military and police taskforce called Operation Vanguard to fight recalcitrant galamseyers.



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