By: Antonia Ayeh-Asare – GhanaNet News
The Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Sanitation Management, Dr Stephen T. Odonkor has called for a more collective effort for the fight against galamsey.
According to him, just a section of populace appears to be dedicated to this fight and it will be helpful to have other others such as the all sections of the media, the police, the military and civil society groups on board to help in bringing an end to this. has also asked the government to empower and encourage the traditional leaders and local authorities to fight any galamsey activities in their various communities through
Dr. S.T. Odonkor community engagement strategies and education. Dr. S.T. Odonkor
further added that, Ghana is like to be importing water within the next decade if this act of galamsey is not stopped within the shortest time. He said galamsey activities has impacted negatively on the environment particular water bodies beyond imagination. He said the negative effcet of the galamsey actives are also impacting negatively in some west African countries such as Cote d’voire , because rivers and other waters bodies that flows through Ghana to these countries have all been polluted by the galamsey activities.
He also commended the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources the Hon. Peter John Amewu for his spirited fight against galemsey. He however warned that the only way to over come the galalmsey menace is to sustained the anti-galamsey campaign till it is totally rooted out. He ended by commending also the media for the constant awareness and urge all to keep it up.