Our fight against illegal mining is having an impact on climate change - Prez. Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo says Ghana's fight against illegal mining is having an impact on climate change.
The President made the comments when addressing a press conference on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
He outlined some steps adopted by his government in the fight, saying the issues of climate change must be dealt with seriously.
The government last year launched a campaign against illegal mining popularly known as 'Galamsey' in Ghana.
This made President Akufo-Addo assent to the new illegal mining law which pegs sentences for offenders between 15 to 25 years.
Illegal mining can be a subsistence activity, as is the case with artisanal mining, or it can belong to large-scale organized crime, spearheaded by illegal mining syndicates.
Over the years, Ghana has seen an influx of Chinese illegal miners who engage in all sorts of crimes.
The most notable among them was Aisha Huang who was deported after engaging in illegal mining for years in Ghana.