An 18-member Parliamentary Select Committee on the Environment, Science and Technology, on Tuesday paid a day’s fact-finding visit to some galamsey sites in Dunkwa-on-Offin in the Upper Denkyira East Municipality.
The chairman of the committee, Edem Asiamah, who is also the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, said the visit was at the instance of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Doe Adjaho who made the request on the floor of Parliament.
The Chairman said the Speaker demanded that a fact-finding visit be made by the Committee to some selected galamsey sites in the Central and Ashanti Regions, to compile a comprehensive report ahead of this year’s world Environment Day, slated for June 5.
Mr Asiamah bemoaned the rate at which the country’s water bodies and environment were being polluted and degraded.
He said government spends huge sums of money in treating water bodies to serve as source of drinking water to millions of Ghanaians, and also reclaims uncovered mining pits that are left by galamsey operators, coupled with the danger it poses to lives and properties.
Mr. Asiamah urged the Municipal Security Committee (M– USEC) to double efforts in clamping down on the activities of galamsey operators, and also appealed to traditional leaders, the Assemblies and other stakeholders to help curb the galamsey menace that has bedevilled the entire nation in recent times.
Nana Obeng Nuako the third, Dunkwahene, for his part, appealed to the Assembly and the Minerals Commission to liaise with chiefs, by providing them with the necessary guidelines pertaining to legal mining activities to enable them to help the security agencies flush out illegal operators.
The visit took members of the Committee to Denkyira Kyekyewere and Asikuma both in the Upper Denkyira East Municipality. GNA