Small scale miners in Ghana are threatening to hit the streets with a massive demonstration if government goes ahead to ban their activities in the country.

“Small scale miners are against the six month moratorium for us to stop work and they are planning to go on a demonstration. We the leaders are holding them on, but how long can we hold them on. So please, for God’s sake, that six month moratorium is not a healthy thing,” the President of the National Association of Small Scale Miners, Nii Adjetey Mensah said on Wednesday.

There have been complaints about the adverse effects of small scale illegal mining also known as galamsey on water bodies and the environment in