Five million Ghanaians are directly and indirectly employed in the illegal mining sector, which is popularly called galamsey, a new report by the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana has revealed.
The report, dubbed: “Ghana Social Development Outlook (SDO) 2018” has, therefore, urged the government to re-examine the sector by streamlining it instead of banning the activities of those involved in the sector.
In an interview after the launch of the report at the University of Ghana in Accra, the Coordinator of the Social Development Outlook at ISSER, Dr. Elizabeth A. Asante, said putting a total ban on galamsey meant that five million people were going to be put out of a job.
According to her, the government could prevent job losses in the galamsey sector by ensuring that the activities of the illegal miners were properly regulated.
You are putting five million people out of a job when you criminalised galamsey,” Dr. Asante said, pointing out that “and we are asking you (the government) to reconsider it; why don’t you regularise the galamsey sector?
She explained that when illegal miners (galamseyers) were taught on what to do and what not to do, it would help to protect the country’s environment whilst creating job opportunities for the various people whose livelihoods depended on the sector.
Story by Emmanuel koranteng.