Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says the Chinese government is in support of the West African country’s recent fight against illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
Ghana has been on a national mission to clamp down all actions of illegal mining, with the country’s media leading a vibrant campaign against the canker.
Many of the country’s water bodies, as well as lands have been destroyed as a result of these galamsey activities.
In recent times, Ghana’s Police and Military have been on the alert to arrest anyone caught engaging in illegal mining activities, as a way to help mitigate the situation.
However, with it emerging that majority of the culprits are Chinese nationals, many have raised fears as to whether it could damage relations between Ghana and the Asian country.
But addressing the media after a four-day tour of China, Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said the Chinese government have no problem with the enforcement of mining laws.
In his view, China is “very supportive of us dealing with the galamsey issue as per our laws and our laws are doing a wonderful job so far”, adding that “I don’t think there is any link between the fight against galamsey and our support from China. China wants us to do the right thing.”
He further noted that Ghana’s security services will continue to deal with perpetrators of illegal mining activities irrespective of which countries they come from.
“The issue of Galamsey is not a China matter. The issue is a galamsey matter and we deal with anybody who is involved in galamsey per our laws and the Chinese are very happy with us enforcing our laws.
“They [the Chinese] won’t tell us how to enforce our laws as we can’t tell them how to enforce their laws and I think the fight against galamsey is no respecter of persons regardless of where you come from…”