The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) is charging the media to be circumspect and concise when quoting newsmakers from the small scale mining sector in their publications.
According to GNASSM, linking every small scale miner to the Small Scale Miners Association leaves much to be desired especially when discussing executive position holders.
In a statement sighted by JoyNews, the Association added that reference made about members must be done with a certain level of clarity and specification so as to do away with needless suspicion.
“Reference is made to the recent media publication involving one Mr Kwadwo Peprah over comments on the re-arrest of Aisha Huang (galamsey queen) where most of the media reportage describes him as President of Small Scale Miners’ Association.
“However, this is not the reality. The said Kwadwo Peprah is not even a member of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, let alone it’s president. Such publications per every estimation do affect the integrity of our members especially the national executive and other office holders,” the statement stressed.
Touching on the re-arrest of the galamsey queen, Aisha Huang, the GNASSM said it is ready “to assist the Ghana Police, National Security and the other state institutions involved in the prosecution of all illegal miners including those charged with such offences as Aisha Huang, and are very hopeful that such collaborative efforts will eventually help weed out illegal miners and their accomplices, and rather ensure the promotion and protection of legal mining within Ghana’s mining space.”