Nana Oboadie Boateng Bonsu , the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen and President of Concerned Farmers Association of Ghana on Friday met thousands of youth who are into galamsey at kwabeng capital of Atiwa west district assist them to desist from indulging in illegal mining and venture into faming..Nana Oboadie on his tour to galamsey sites around the country to sensitise them on the dangers of galamsey and reintroduced the Government flagship programme Planting For Food and Jobs(PFJ) as the alternate to the galamsey.
The PRO explained that, after he interacted with some Galamseyers he ascertained the fact that most of them are stranded without money to transport them back home after the military intensified their operation to halt the illegal miners.
According to Nana Oboadie some of these illegal miners are from the three Northern Regions,Brong, Ahafo Volta and other parts of the country.
He added that a man who gave his name as Kwame Francis, a galamseyer who spoke on behalf of some group of galamseyers at kwabeng told him that though they support the Government decision to ban illegal mining but pleaded to the Government to assist them to go into farming as soon as possible else they can not cater for their families..
Though they are aware of the implications toll on the nation in terms of their activities,their daily income comes from the galamsey.This should not be a promise, he added. Some of them also disagreed with the Goverment decision banning the adage profession ,but rather provide with a lucrative job first.