Galamsey fight: We are failing because Chiefs have been sidelined- Alhaji Ishaq Kyei Brobbey

A Senior Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University (KSTU), Alhaji Ishaq Kyei Brobbey has bemoaned the insistent sidelining of traditional authorities in the government’s quest to subdue the escalating practice of illegal mining in the country, reports.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Pure FM with Kwame Adinkrah, the KsTU Lecturer raised objections to the current mining legislations, procedures and systems which he portends has sidelined our traditional leaders as frontline actors in the protection of the environment. He premised that as a basis for the Government’s failure in the ‘galamsey’ fight.

Alhaji Ishaq explained that the ‘galamsey’ practice has become imminent because prospective miners go to the Minerals Commission, Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory bodies for mining leases, concessions and permits, without any recourse to the traditional authorities which make it difficult for the traditional authorities to exert any direct legal influence.

“In all these documentation processes, where are the Chiefs captured? Where are the local authorities? Where lies the input of the Assembly member who is within that mining jurisdiction?

I asked when did you create for them a responsibility before asking about their liability. That is actually unfair, very, very unfair.”

“Look at the Dagbon conflict, after the numerous government deployments yielded no results, we resorted to using Otumfuo, Yagbonwura and a sect from the same chieftaincy to achieve the desired redress.”

“In Ghana, our lands are vested in the Chiefs, how can you then deal with anything relating to lands and exclude them? You are bound to fail when you do that, and that is why we are failing”, He told Kwame Adinkrah.

Alhaji Ishaq Kyei Brobbey, who doubles as a Board Member for the Graphic Communications Group Limited, recommended modifications in our present laws to accommodate reflections from our traditional authorities to realize a more refined mining sector.

Source: II Hayford Tabi II 2022

Evans Osei-Bonsu

Evans is a radio producer @PureFM (95.7MHz) under the Angel Broadcasting Network (ABN Ghana), writer, student of Law and Politics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

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