Tamale North Member of Parliament (MP), Alhassan Suhuyini wants the government to commit financial resources to a new technology developed by the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) to clean galamsey-polluted water bodies in the country.
Mr. Suhuyini, who doubles as the Deputy Ranking Member of the Lands and Forestry Committee in Parliament, believes the technology has the capacity of saving the country’s water bodies and hence, must be immediately adopted with state support.
UMaT has developed an environmentally friendly particle-settling technology that will, in the shortest possible time, clear pollutants from illegal mining activities that have dirtied water bodies.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, the MP, who has already said the government’s renewed fight against galamsey is structured to fail, insists that the government must consider deploying UMaT’s technology if it wants to see some positive results in its quest to end the galamsey menace.
“UMaT has actually developed a technology that can clean water bodies. They are willing to deploy that technology if they get support from the government.”
“I will call on the government to begin to look at that option of deploying that technology if it’s available, and if it can be funded; to begin to clean the water bodies even as we devise means and ways to clear miners off our water bodies and forest reserves,” Suhuyini said.
The government recently deployed 200 military personnel to flush out illegal miners destroying water bodies in the country.
To ensure that mining within water bodies is immediately stopped; the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo authorized the Ghana Armed Forces to commence an operation to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.”
But the sceptical legislator says the government’s renewed commitment to tackling the menace is “structured to fail”.
Suhuyini makes a point that the government should have supported the regional and district security services to deal with the menace, rather than deploying military men to the mining sites.
“I think this new approach to fighting galamsey, with the deployment of the military, is structured to fail. I think the approach should use the regional security councils, the district security councils, and then when they require backup you give them the backup.”
“Let them deal with their operational needs, and then you [government] support from the centre [to help them] carry out these activities. This approach will give better results than repeating what we have always done in the past. I think that the president should have learnt some very good useful lessons from the first fight since he himself has admitted that the last four years has been a failure, given the amount of money that we have thrown at this fight”, he stated.