China’s commitment to invest $15 billion in the Ghanaian economy will not affect the fight against illegal mining, widely known as Galamsey, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said.
There had been insinuations that the investment of the huge sum by the Chinese government may lure government to allow Chinese nationals exploit the country’s mineral resources.
However, Dr. Bawumia, who recently returned from China, said the commitment made by the Chinese government will not deflect the country’s attention to deal with the galamsey menace, believed to have a many Chinese nationals as perpetrators.
“The issue of galamsey is not a China matter. The issue of galamsey is a Ghana matter and we will deal with anybody who’s involved in galamsey, per our laws. And the Chinese are very happy with us enforcing our laws.They won’t tell us how to enforce our laws, as we can’t tell them how to enforce their laws. And I think that the fight against galamsey is no respector of person regardless of where you come from whether is Ghana or Burkina Faso or Uruguay or Ukraine, China, you’re going to be dealt with the same. So that is not an issue and they are very supportive of us dealing with the galamsey issue as per our laws”, the VP said.