Galamsey in Ghana affecting Ivory Coast – Frimpong-Boateng

Ghana's President Akufo-Addo, and Ivory Coast's President, Alassane Ouattara.

Citi FM, Tue, Apr 4, 2017

by Godwin Akweiteh. Allotey

Ivory Coast’s semi-public water distribution company, SODECI, recently shut down its water treatment plant in the area because of the level of pollution in the Bia River.

Galamsey menace in Ghana

There has been intense pressure on government to end the illegal practice, and save water bodies and the environment from further destruction.

Currently, some water treatment plants in Ghana have been shut down due to the activities of illegal miners, which have rendered water bodies from which the plants harvest water for processing useless.

Ghana to import water soon

Watchers of the sector have further lamented that, if such activities are not stopped, Ghana may soon be importing water from neighboring countries.

The galamsey menace has also led to the destruction of many farmlands, which serve as livelihood for a number of families.
Ghanaians join Citi FM’s #StopGalamseyNow campaign
It is on the back of this that Citi FM has launched it #StopGalamseyNow campaign to put pressure on government to put a stop to the menace.

When the campaign was launched on Monday, various groups and individuals joined in raising awareness on the menace.
Organisations such as the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), CDD, and some other Ghanaians took to Twitter to express their concerns about the menace, which is destroying various water bodies and the environment in general.

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