President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that he would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found engaged in illicit mining activities. He said that, as long as there is sufficient proof, the law will take its course, regardless of the individual’s status.
In recent years, charges have been leveled against some government officials about their role in the threat.
In response, the President said that he is willing to crack down on illegal mining, but that he would not act on hearsay or mere claims.
“I am determined to enforce the laws on illegal mining no matter the subject, high or low. I will, however, not act on hearsay or mere allegations without more. I will not hesitate to act though where the evidence is hard before the police,” he said, as quoted by Myjoyonline.
“And I will do so irrespective of the standing of the person or persons involved. That is the true meaning of equality before the law.”
In 2017, the Akufo-Addo administration declared a war on illicit mining, known locally as galamsey, and imposed a temporary ban on small-scale mining.