Illegal gold mining in Ghana undercuts church's plans for land .May 16, 2016 . A church plan to build a nursing college in a rural village is upended when they discover the site has been turned into an illegal gold mine. The price of gold, lax regulation and an impoverished population of subsistence farmers practically guarantee against change in the West African nation.illegal mining pictures in ghana,Ghana arrests Chinese and Indian illegal gold miners - BBC NewsImage caption Illegal miners use makeshift barges to dredge river beds. Ghanaian police have arrested 46 foreign nationals from China and India accused of illegally mining gold. They were detained in overnight raids in the country's Central region where they were operating small barges to dredge the bed of the River.