Ghana, China Check Illegal Chinese Miners

The committee comprises representatives from the Ministries of Lands and Natural Resources, Interior, Local Government & Rural Development, Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs and Environment, Science & Technology.

Representatives from Chinese Embassy, Minerals Commission, National Security and Ghana Immigration Service are also on the committee.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, which stated this, indicated that the resolution was made at a high-level meeting between Ghana and China held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Ghana to provide a platform for senior government officials to explore a holistic and lasting solution to the problem.

It will also address issues arising from the recent incarceration of Chinese for illegal mining in Ghana.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources who led the Ghanaian team, chaired the meeting while Cui Aimin, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Chinese delegation.

Hon Inusah Fuseini described the use of arms by some illegal Chinese miners to protect their activities as an unacceptable practice which poses a grave national security challenge for the nation and stressed that government’s security apparatus will take the necessary action to clamp down on the practice to safeguard public peace.

He stressed that the small-scale mining sector was reserved only for Ghanaians as stipulated by the Minerals & Mining Act 2006 and warned that licences of artisanal operators who engage Chinese nationals or other foreign nationals in their mining operations will be withdrawn.

He indicated that Chinese illegal miners and their Ghanaian collaborators will be made to face the full rigours of the law.

On the manhandling of Chinese detainees, the sector minister intimated that Ghana’s commitment to the fundamental human rights is evidenced by the release of 19 Chinese detainees for medical attention.

Mr. Cui reaffirmed the growing Ghana-China relations and cited landmark projects like the construction of the Ghana Gas Plant, Cape Coast Sports Complex, University of Ghana Medical Training School, among others, as ample evidence of increased Chinese bilateral assistance to Ghana.

He emphasized the need for Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to intensify monitoring of all entry points to the country to ensure that Chinese, without the requisite documents, are not allowed into the country, adding that the Chinese Ministry of Public Security was ready to assist Ghanaian security personnel to stop criminal groups in Ghana from luring Chinese into the country to engage in illegal mining.

He bemoaned the mass arrest of Chinese and cautioned Ghanaian security officials against inhuman treatment of Chinese detainees to protect the special friendship between Ghana and China.

He said his government will deport all Chinese nationals found to be engaged in illegal mining.