Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Inusah Fuseini, has called on the government to open up the licensing regime for small scale miners so as to soak up all these concerned in galamsey.

This, he says, would immensely assist government’s efforts in regularizing the small scale mining trade, at the identical time bringing an finish to unlawful mining within the country.

His remark comes on the again of research findings by JoyNews which appear to recommend a powerful hyperlink between galamsey activities and politics within the country.

According to the research, political candidates which have campaigned in mining communities the place galamsey is rife, promising to do the galamseyers one favour or the other have received immense political assist from the communities throughout election durations.

Also, monies earned from galamsey activities have been used to fund political campaigns within the country in return for political favours.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Inusah Fuseini noted that whereas the anti-galamsey operation he led throughout the erstwhile-Mahama administration had not factored within the political angle of galamsey, he said by making simple the mining licensing regime it will lastly afford the government the chance to regulate and implement environmental rules on your complete mining trade.

“That’s why I’m saying that it appears to me now listening to you and watching the evidence that there is a nexus, a connection. Now probably what we need to do is to free up the system and make the licensing regime quite easy and simple for many people to migrate onto the licensing regime than just taking the law into their own hands and mining with impunity.

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