From: James Sherifdeen, Ksi.
A small-scale miner from the Ashanti region, Mr John Arthur, who is popularly known as “Kwaku Galamsey” has appealed to the government, to allow small scale miners who have licence to go back to their business, so that they monitor the activities of illegal miners (Galamseyers) for the government.
Making the appeal through this paper in Kumasi last week, Mr. Arthur noted that, apart from monitoring the activities of the illegal miners, who destroy the environment, it will also help the youth to get some job to do.
According to him, he does not support illegal mining in any way which do not help build the economy of the country, government should rather allow shall scale miners who have licence to go back to work for the government to get money from them to run the country.
He told this paper that, he is ever prepared to help the government in any mining system because he known every field work even more than a Geologist. He said, he has been in the mining business since 1996 and asked anybody who doubts him to contact the minerals commission and ask about him.
Mr. Arthur also suggested to the government to open offices at mining centres like Asankragwa, Oda, Dunkwa, Bolgatanga, Konongo, Fosu, Tarkwa, Prestea as well as Wa so that small scale miners can sell their gold there for government to benefit from that.
He said, when in 1996 government passed the law on small scale mining, he was used for a documentary because government wanted them to work as a team and contribute to the building of the nation.
Mr. John Arthur a.k.a Kwaku Galamsey