The Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri constituency, Hon. Annor Dompreh, has called on Government to resource the District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies, the Ghana Police Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry and other responsible Authorities, to enable them prosecute illegal Sand Winners in the country.
Presenting a statement on Sand Winning: a Threat and Potential ‘Galamsey’, on the floor of Parliament, the MP said that sand winning has become so rampant that almost every land piece is now vulnerable.
He also informed the House that Farmers continue to harbour fears since they do not know exactly when their farms will be destroyed, adding that crops are often vandalized to allow for easy collection of sand.
‘Mr. Speaker, sand winning in modern times seems to have brought some imbalances to the agricultural sector. What makes the activities of sand winners so disgusting is the way they destroy farmlands. They hardly give farmers prior notice. Immediately they complete their contract agreements with the so-called land owners, they quickly move to the sites to initiate destruction. With the aid of bulldozers and excavators, these sand winners vandalise crops with impunity’, Hon. Dompreh stated.
The Lawmaker also indicated that aside the damage caused to crops and lands, sand winning activities pose health threats to humans, explaining that moving trucks emit excessive noise and dust, causing pollution and gullies created at these sites close to homes, which becomes breeding grounds for mosquitoes during rainy seasons.
He further asked what Parliament is doing to ensure that laws that protect the country’s environments are made to work effectively.
The MP therefore suggested that pragmatic and explicit laws and regulations on sand winning be developed in a participatory manner, so as to facilitate enforcement and compliance at all levels within the sand winning areas in the country.
The Lawmakers of the House also associated themselves with his statement.
The majority leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, assured him that an ad hoc Committee will be set up to investigate the issue, in order to curb the menace.