Gov’t proposes galamsey court

In ensure that mining cases are dealt with rapidly, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has announced that there are plans to set up mining courts.

The initiative is to assist the Judicial Service in dealing with cases related to mining in areas such as Tarkwa, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Prestea and Obuasi.

This was announced by John Peter Amewu, the Sector Minister, who disclosed that the ministry is deliberating with the Chief Justice to ensure that illegal mining popularly known as “galamsey” offences are dealt with expeditiously.

He said that a number of courts would be built in the districts to assist in dealing with mining related cases.

He noted that the ministry would support the initiative per the request of the CJ, “One of the components of the MIP is to ensure legal and law enforcement, and so we have engagements with the Chief Justice and one of their requests is to help them establish more courts at the district level…The district courts are normally to be built by the District Assembly, and so we are going to support them to make sure that these things are done”.

Concerns have been raised about the fact that illegal miners must be prosecuted to aid in the fight against illegal mining.

The setting up of the court would ensure that mining related challenges in Ghana would be curbed, the minister added.

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