In a statement, the Fighters said root of the galamsey menace is due to foreign domination of the nation’s natural resources.
It said through the “active connivance with foreign forces, our presidents over the years have entered into questionable contractual arrangements with foreign monopoly capital making our people the worst for it.”
The statement, signed by Commander Hardi Yakubu, said all “ownership of the resources have been taken away from us. This is the root of the galamsey menace.”
The group proposed the followed measures to solve the galamsey menace:
- We call for the full nationalisation of the Mining Industry in Ghana. Anglo Gold, New mont, IAMGOLD Corp, Gold Fields Adamus Resources Ltd., African Gold plc, Moydow Mines International Inc.,Pelangio Mines Inc., Perseus Mining Limited and Xtra Gold Resources Limited have to be sacked for good. They are causing the same harm as the chinese and illegal miners.
- We call for the immediate amendment of Article 257 clause 6 of the 1992 constitution that vests all our mineral resources in the President on behalf of, and in trust for the people of Ghana to an expanded body of trusted persons drawn from the broader masses of the people.
- Finally, the pollution of our water bodies and destruction of our environment is an attack on the country. If we have a President of Ghana who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces then we expect an immediate action of full deployment of the Army into the enemy held zones to go fight and to free our country once and for all.
The statement comes after weeks of intense media discussion on illegal mining.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised a comprehensive policy to deal with the menace.