Casely-Hayford appeals to Nana Addo: legalize galamsey

Financial analyst and a member of Occupy Ghana, Sydney Casely-Hayford has called for the legalization of small scale illegal mining popularly known as galamsey in Ghana.

According to Sydney Casely-Hayford, galamsey should be legalized and their activities should be spelt out in the law so that Ghanaians who have assumed small scale mining as a profession will not be unemployed.

Speaking on Citi FM’s News analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Casely-Hayford contended that “galamsey is illegal because there is no definition for illegal mining in our laws.”

“The law says, this is large scale mining and they’ve defined it and criteria in which you can have a large-scale mining enterprise. This is small scale mining and it’s defined very clearly under the small-scale mining act. Anybody who doesn’t fall under category A or category B is declared illegal. So galamsey has become illegal by default and not by action. Now, somebody should come and tell why the Ashanti Gold Fields and the Newmont among others have the right to be mine and that my small artisanal indigene has no right to be a mine. He has a right to be a miner. This is what he has set out to be his life work, he wants to mine. You cannot tell him, you cannot be a miner you must instead be a farmer,” he stated.

He further suggested that after legalizing the activities of the galamsey operators, the law could prevent miners from mining gold in water bodies.

“I think that the first thing we have to do is to make the so called galamsey legal, legalize it. In legalizing it means giving it a law and also make it very clear that nobody, whether you are a large scale, small scale or galamsey scale…but none of them must be allowed to mine in any of the water bodies. That should be restricted because it is more important for us to have good clean healthy water than to have a law for mining. So, they can go out and mine anywhere they want but they cannot mine the water bodies that is out of the question”

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