A lecturer at the University of Mines & Know-how, Dr Frank Boateng has attributed the enormous existence of the youth in unlawful mining pursuits in the place to the “get wealthy mentality”.
Speaking at an IMANI digital inaugural fellowship lecture dubbed ‘Demystifying the unlawful mining conundrum with present state constructions,’ he highlighted some troubles that have encouraged the progress of unlawful mining also recognized as “galamsey.”
In accordance to him, Ghana’s combat versus the menace has been futile owing to greed by the youth, political interference, lack of obtain to finance and linked dealings with foreigners, complexity of licensing routine and the value of gold.
Elaborating on the role of the youth in galamsey, Dr Boateng indicated that the gains derived from partaking in mining pursuits outweigh earnings from other occupations, consequently, discouraging the youth from exiting the mining job.
“The fact is that the funds from the gold mining actions is sweet, all people likes it and every person desires to do it. So just picture that you function on a mining site, you close every single working day and you acquire about a ¢1000 household.
“What alternate livelihood can present you with this dollars. So it all boils down to the issue of greed and the article mentality that you can have it this is the chance so let’s get it,” he said.
He exposed that most people today who participate in mining pursuits are trade artisans, hence are opened to the selection of partaking in other routines somewhat than mining.
But the worthwhile nature of the mining business, he suggests “makes it extremely tough to present alternate livelihoods.”
“For the option livelihoods, they are there. I suggest most of the folks that function in the mining web-sites, some of them are trade artisans, they do other matters.
“But the query is it may get him two months to make a ¢1000 and he can get it in a working day, why won’t he go for it. That is the challenge. It would make it quite tough to provide alternate livelihoods,” he mentioned.
“For us, what we want to say is that the things to do are formalized and it is becoming carried out in the suitable way. That is our focus. If you glimpse at the financial benefits that the small scale delivers, you can not consider it absent which implies it is not difficult in terms of sustaining our regional individuals but if we keep on to do it this way, that is the place the problem is.
“So that is what I can explain to you, the option livelihood is there, it is available. Individuals can usually do other items but they will not do it for the reason that the earnings are not more substantial as as opposed to what they utilised to make,” Dr Boateng added.
He even more pointed out that a appear into the roles classic authorities enjoy in their a variety of jurisdiction would assist government in its fight towards unlawful mining.
The digital function held on Wednesday was moderated by Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Plan and Education, Franklin Cudjoe and Senior Vice President of Imani-Africa, Kofi Bentil.