Former Lands and Natural Resources Minister in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Collins Dauda has pointed out some government officials are involved in illegal mining (galamsey) which is why it has become difficult to eradicate.
Speaking to Joy News, he indicated that some influential members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) deeply involved in the menace and make it practically difficult to fight the course.
“The problem of illegal mining is a difficult one for government to solve. I say so because the players involved in illegal mining are very influential. If you are a government and you want to deal with illegal mining activities and you have your regional chairman deeply involved in it.
“You have your constituency chairman deeply involved in it, it will be difficult sometimes to call your regional chairman to order. Particularly if that regional chairman is so influential, that is the angle I am coming from.”