Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has allayed fears that China’s financial support towards Ghana will compromise government’s fight against illegal mining known locally as ‘galamsey’.
He reiterated President Nana Akufo-Addo stance that no country or its nationals will be allowed to flout the laws of Ghana when it comes to the social menace.
The President added that Ghana will continue to have a cordial relationship with the Chinese, stressing he will ensure full enforcement of the law without fear or favour.
He said Ghana, as a country does not hate the Chinese, nonetheless the laws governing foreign nationals in trade and business will be applied to the letter.
The President said his administration will continue to find lasting solutions to the menace of illegal mining.
The latest to add his voice to the issue is Dr Bawumia who said government would deal with anyone who found to be engaging in the practice after it has been banned.
His comments follow China boosting Ghana’s government’s ‘One District One Factory’ initiative with a funding facility worth up to $2 billion.
The Chinese are heavily involved in illegal mining activities popularly referred to as ‘galamsey’ in Ghana and the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry was an ultimatum for illegal miners to cease their operations with some risking the confiscation of their equipment.
But Dr Bawumia said the Chinese government is happy with Ghana’s galamsey stance.
“They will not tell us how to enforce our laws as we cannot also tell them what to do regarding their laws.
“The fight against galamsey is no respecter of person or nationality; whoever the offender is will be dealt with in the same way,” he said emphatically.
According to him, that is not an issue at all as the Chinese government has been supportive of government’s fight against the menace “as per our laws”.
He applauded the ban on illegal meaning, which he said is achieving a lot to saving the environment.
“I don’t think there is any linkage between the fight against galamsey and our support from China. China wants us to do the right thing and we want to do it even more,” he said.