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Mahama pledges to use Artificial Intelligence to fight galamsey

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Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has revealed plans to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to combat illegal small-scale mining, commonly known as ‘galamsey.’

He made this announcement at the ‘3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining,’ organized by the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani.

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Galamsey has become a significant challenge for the government, with many Ghanaians expressing concern over its devastating impact.

Addressing the gathering, the former President emphasized the need for technological innovation to improve the monitoring of the small-scale mining sector and mitigate its environmental effects.

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“We will introduce and encourage technological innovation to improve capacity for coordinated monitoring of the small-scale mining sector and reduce environmental impact,” he said on Wednesday, May 15.

He proposed the utilisation of AI to identify small-scale mining and galamsey activities, monitor excavators, and establish geo-fences around concessions to prevent mining operations in unauthorised areas, including water bodies.

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“This will include using AI to locate all small-scale mining and galamsey operations, track excavators, and geo-fence all concessions to ensure mining operations are not conducted in unapproved areas, including water bodies.”

This initiative, he says, aims to strengthen coordinated efforts in monitoring and regulating mining activities, thereby promoting sustainable mining practices and environmental conservation.

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