Chiefs and residents of Kwahu Daa in the Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region have protested against community mining allegedly being proposed by Kwahu West Member of Parliament, Joseph Frempong.
The protest is a response to a letter allegedly sent by the MP to the chiefs on his intentions. They have cautioned the MP not to attempt any move for a community mining at Kwahu Daa.
The Kwahu Daa chief, Nana Amakye Appah, is worried the community minning would affect their farming activities.
“The MP Hon. Joseph Frempong brought the letter. We don’t like Community mining in any form. We sold several bags of cocoa this season. We can’t allow our cooling farms, plantains and cocoyam farms to go waste. We love our farming and the income it brings to us,” he rejected.
The angry residents argue the negative effect of community mining on their social and cultural lives was worse than the economic gains made.
“The adverse effect of minning does not encourage to give out our farmlands. We won’t to leave a better environment for our children,” he noted.
Another added” I am deeply hurt by the action of the MP. We don’t want the Community Mining.”
In 2019, the Akufo-Addo led government under the Ghana Minerals Commission, which regulates the mining sector, introduced a Community Mining Scheme (CMS).
This was designed to turn illegal miners into formal small-scale miners by allowing them to mine in specifically designated areas under government supervision provided they meet certain safety and environmental criteria.
However, there has not been any difference between the community mining and galamsey since they all bear the same features and causes same damage to the environment.
By Yvonne Neequaye|E/R|Onuaonline.com