The Executive Director of the Ghana Environmental Advocacy Group, Elizabeth Vaah is proposing a more robust mechanism to fight the country’s national issue of illegal mining.
Madam Vaah is suggesting that Ghana be summoned to an international court hearing due to the country’s leaders’ lack of political will to eradicate the activity.
According to reports, neighboring countries including Ivory Coast have registered their grievances on the back of illegal mining activities in Ghana.
They have lamented that the menace is not only polluting Ghana’s water bodies but also that of theirs. Madam Vaah says calls by these countries need to be intensified to drum home their concerns.
“I’m looking for people coming together internationally, to make maybe take Ghana to court of justice or something for environmental degradation of these waters that serve the two countries. I think they have to go beyond diplomatic letters because we need a stronger hand for force to act,” she said on JoyNews’ AM Show on Wednesday.
The activist expressed that individuals engaged in illegal mining are not power than the country. Therefore, she suspects that “something is happening that is not making the Ghanaian authorities to have that desire to get rid of it.”
She is therefore calling on citizens to come together to stage a fight against the menace.
According to her, the West African region also must step in and help eradicate the activity.