Lawyer and Governance expert, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae has called for the decentralization of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
According to him, the fight against illegal mining also known as ‘galamsey’ is not being as effective as expected due to the absence of key stakeholders such as the District Chief Executives and Assembly Members.
He stated that making the DCEs and Assembly Members mere implementers of strategies from the IMCIM rather than partakers in formulating the strategies defeats the purpose for which the IMCIM was established.
“I think the activities of the Inter-Ministerial committee should be properly decentralized because the action spots are in the towns and communities.
“But the committee meets in Accra, takes decisions for implementation out there expecting DCEs to take charge. But the DCEs are not members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining.
“So I think they should decentralize it and then we …