Sultan Nuhu Mohammed Advocates for the legalisation of small scale mining operators, otherwise known as ‘galamsey operators,’ as a means of providing jobs for the youth of Ghana Our Motherland.
It has now become obvious that there is no way the work of galamsey operators can be stopped, particularly, in the mining communities.
Therefore, there is the urgent need for the government to consider the promulgation of laws to streamline and back the activities of galamsey operators.
If you come to Tarkwa, Prestea, Bogoso and other areas in the country, galamsey is the backbone of the indigenes and the local economy, and there is no way it can be stopped. If you try to stop it, then it means you want to deprive the indigenes from having their daily bread, which they will not allow.
In this direction, pragmatic measures must be put in place by both government and stakeholders to make the work of what many had over the years termed ‘illegal mining’ legal, safe and secure.
Though some of the practices of galamsey operators are dangerous, it could on the other hand be streamlined by state institutions and stakeholders, if galamsey is seen as a major contributor to the economy.
For instance, galamsey operators could be coached on the best practices of local mining by state institutions to save lives which hitherto, were lost due to improper mining practices.
Rampant caving in of pits on galamsey operators leading to the loss of lives could be averted, if the government considers it necessary to promulgate laws to back the local activity.
What is more, the multi-national mining companies operating in mining communities should be challenged to set aside a portion of their mining concessions for use by the local economy, as a means of engaging the youth in employable ventures in the mining communities.
The call by the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) which in a statement states to declare war on the activities of galamsey operators in our regions is a huge and a very disastrous mistake, already the REGSEC has embarked on what they have vowed to do and invaded the sites of galamsey operators, arrested, and seized many of their personal belongings, set ablaze expensive equipments and other ceased items belonging to them on grounds that their activity was illegal.
This action by the REGSEC in my view is unwarranted and despicable, and one which deprives the youth of engaging in an employable venture.
I see these actions (unwarranted arrests, seizures and the destruction of galamsey equipment) by the REGSEC, of team military and police personnel as brutalities of no significance to the nation as a whole and it is only to terrorize galamsey operators.
The manner in which the joint military and police team has been unleashing mayhem on the arrested galamsey operators leaves much to be desired.
The Sultan, Imam Alhaji Nuhu Mohammmed wishes you a very happy Eid. We Pray Allah make it a memorable day for you and your family during the holy days. We ask Allah to bestow His forgiveness upon us and our fortunate family and friends who have made the blessed pilgrimage to Hajj. ~’sultan NuhuMohammed’~ The Messsage
Sultan Nuhu Mohammed and friends sends its message of solidarity to Ghanaian Muslims in particular and all Ghanaians in general. We congratulate all living souls in this great country who witness this memorable spiritual season.
We remind both the leaders and the citizenry of the essence of this Eid-ul-Adha as stated in Qur’an . We charge the Government to be God conscious and God-fearing. The present furore over wages between Government and labour precisely teachers,doctors and also studnt bodies is bourne out of an acute lack of Allah-consciousness in government circles. Those who fear Allah will honour their covenants. Those who are Allah-conscious will realize that pledges must be fulfilled.
It is indeed sad that our leaders enter into agreements with workers without fulfilling their agreements. This has happened over and over again. Today it is happening to almost all sectors of our economy. Take a look at our teachers, Doctors and nurses, including our students now. Ghanaians should hold Government responsible for the continued decay in the education sector.
It is a big shame that university students are now crying and demonstrating against high payment in our schools. It is a big shame that we are being led by people whose stock-in-trade is lip service. Leadership demands some modicum of integrity. What labour is demanding is not too much. What is GHc 300 monthly compared to GHc 3000 and GHc 6000 or more per month which members of Parliament and ministers receive respectively? Why should our leaders continue to deceive us?
We remind the Government not to court the anger of the proletariat. Workers deserve bread on their tables as at when due. Government should learn from what happened in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Finally, we call on Government to find a lasting solution to the biting scarcity of liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene and especially our ailing electricity supply.
A discerning leadership would have taken a pragmatic and meaningful step to end the scarcity. This smacks of gross ineptitude. People are suffering because more than 60 percent of the Ghanaian population relies on kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas for cooking. The hardship is expected to rise during celebrations when most families cook at home unless Government does something drastic.
I remain oppressed untill the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, the sick healed and the homeless sheltered. We are all entitled to our national cake.
Sultan Nuhu Mohammed