Confiscate All Galamsey Lands - OccupyGhana To Akufo-Addo
OccupyGhana is demanding confiscation of all illegal mining sites commonly known as ‘Galamsey’ lands across the country by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. According to the Pressure Group, without the lands, there would be no galamsey. In an open letter dated October 17, OccupyGhana as a reminder to Akufo-
Addo pointed out that “’galamsey’ is destroying the country and that you (President) need to act, and act quickly and decisively by targeting land owners who allow their lands to be used for ‘galamsey’. We, therefore, propose an amendment to the law to specifically criminalise the making of land available for galamsey
operations, and the confiscation of all such lands to the state, portions of the letter read. Our research shows that often, it is the land owners who meet the kingpins and upon being paid or promised payment, quietly agree to look the other way or look on unconcerned as the criminality takes place. Several of these landowners
quietly earn regular incomes from the galamsey kingpins therefore the need to tackle the ‘galamsey’ fight from that angle too. The group cited Section 99 of the Minerals and Mining Act to back their proposal to incriminate land owners who offer their lands for ‘galamsey’ activities. Under section 99 of the Minerals
and Mining Act, persons who provide lands or allow their lands to be used for Galamsey operations could be said to be abetting the offence by ‘facilitating’ it. That abetment attracts fines and imprisonment between 15 and 25 years.