Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has said that the return of galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang is evidence that Ghana has failed to combat the illicit small-scale mining issue.
On the October 5, 2022 episode of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, he said that Aisha Huang was eligible for certain benefits since it came to light after her detention that she was married to a Ghanaian.
Baako further said that thereafter, the authorities contacted Huang and told her she needed to go regularize her galamsey operations since she was doing so without the proper license.
“Aisha Huang symbolizes Ghana’s failure to tackle the phenomenon of galamsey effectively and courageously, then and now. This woman, I have already stated that prior to 2017, she was arrested and released three times. There are people who are challenging me on this but very soon they will get the evidence.
“In the minutes, she was arrested and at the meeting, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) Officer who attended the meeting said this about Aisha Huang – ’13 Chinese immigrants caught engaging in illegal mining were processed to be sent out of Ghana but need to cover their dugout pits first.
“Two out of the 13 were on the run and their guarantors were to be held responsible. We informed members that one Chinese lady called Miss Aisha, who was famously known in galamsey operations in Ghana, came to his office and after interrogation, it came out that she was married to a Ghanaian, hence entitled to some benefits. However, she does not have an operating license and was asked to go and have one,” Kweku Baako said.