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Graphic boss wants influential people fueling galamsey named and shamed.

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

Convener for Media Coalition against galamsey, Ken Ashiegbey, is calling on members of the Coalition to help investigate and bring to light influential Ghanaians who are fueling galamsey operations in the country.

According to Ken Ashiegbey who is also the Chief Executive officer of the Graphic Communications Group, the naming and shaming of the influential Ghanaians behind galamsey will be a boost to the fight against illegal small scale mining. 

Media Coalition against galamsey was launched early this year with some key media outlets in the country to help fight illegal mining in the country. President Akufo-Addo during an interaction with Chiefs in the Central region said some of the Chiefs are involved.

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Sharing his thought on the President's comment, Mr Ashiegbey said it's not only the Chiefs that are involved. Some Members of Parliament, government officials and even media men are also engaged in galamsey.

He called on members of the coalition to work at naming and shaming these individuals behind the galamsey operation.

Ken Ashiegbey further questioned the reason the joint military and police task force Operation Vanguard will burn bulldozers belonging to illegal miners in breach of the laws of the Minerals Commission. He stated that the group will meet with the Commission and Operation Vanguard to find out what prompted the burning of the machines.

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He advised government to mobilise more resources to be able to cover all illegal mining sites to prevent the operators from migrating from one place to the other,