Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has revealed exploitation of some Ghanaian mine workers by Chinese personnel.
He revealed that some Ghanaians working on the Chinese-owned illegal mines are being paid as little Gh₵6 for 12 hours of work.
Speaking to Daily Guide Online at an illegal mining site located at Tugakrom in the Suaman District of the Western North Region, the minister said some residents in the mining communities informed him about their exploitation by Chinese.
He said some cocoa farmers have their lands being bought at cheap rates by the Chinese for mining activities.
A tour with the Minister in the Western North Region led to the discovery of sharp destruction of the environment by the illegal miners.
About 100 acres of land in Tugakrom was virtually destroyed as the Chinese desperately searched for gold.
Mining equipment were seen abandoned on site, and deep gullies in the middle of the once forest zone near the Bia River.