VIDEO: Community mining is the antidote to end galamsey-Bissue
Former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Bissue, has suggested the fight against illegal mining has gained significant strides.
The presidential staffer said compared to the past where people were engaging in galamsey with impunity, we do not see that again under the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He said several persons have benefitted from training government’s alternative programme.
Mr. Bissue was also of the view that community mining has become the antidote for ending galamsey in Ghana.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Bissue he always walks with pride following the gains made while he worked with the inter-ministerial committee.
When asked when galamsey will end, he said the issue of galamsey is something we can place a time limit on. However, the government is doing its best to deal with it.
In 2019, Charles Bissue voluntarily resigned as the Secretary of the Committee after he was allegedly caught on tape collecting a bribe to facilitate the issuance of a mining license in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé on illegal mining.
Anas and his TigerEye PI team published the investigative video which showed state officials including the Charles Bissue, allegedly taking bribes to sidestep the laid down procedures for the procurement of mining licenses.
Reacting to this, Mr. Bissue declined to comment but said his efforts paid off and feel proud he was given the opportunity to serve.
Meanwhile, he says he will comment on the issue when the Special Prosecutor ends its probe into the matter.