Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has alleged that the Akufo-Addo-led administration is still spending heavily in a supposed fight against illegal mining (galamsey) even though the situation is worsening.
In a press conference held on the banks of the river Pra and addressed by Sammy Gyamfi, NDC’s National Communications Officer last Sunday, the party alleged that the fight against illegal mining was a scheme to handover the illegal but profitable business to cronies of the ruling party.
“President Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against “galamsey” was nothing but a ruse calculated to monopolize the galamsey trade for top NPP officials and their foreign collaborators,” the party alleged.
“The current state of affairs reflects the failure of President Akufo-Addo’s so called fight against galamsey. In fact, that so called fight turned out to be a ruse to kick out legal small scale miners and artisanal “galamseyers” and replace them with a new breed of marauding illegal miners belonging to the ruling New Patriotic Party and government.
Ladies and gentlemen, it does appear that the public discourse about President’s Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against “Galamsey” has more often than not become a mere media banter between government on one hand, and the opposition cum Civil Society on the other. Let me emphasize however that this issue of “Galamsey”( and I use that word advisedly) ,goes beyond the usual binary NPP/NDC debates in Accra. It is about our people, their health, water, forest resources and our survival as a nation,” Sammy Gyamfi stated.
It alleged that far from the President fighting the canker, he is rather supervising it.
“The destructive manifestation of “Galamsey” being supervised by President Akufo-Addo in Ghana defeats the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which Ghana subscribes to. It is an afront to notably, SDG 6, 13, 14 and 15 which all talk about clean water, sanitation, climate action, conservation and sustainability of land, water and marine resources,” he maintained, adding that:
“As you are all witnesses today, “Galamsey” has intensified to unprecedented levels in the last three (3) years, while the Akufo-Addo government continues to spend millions of taxpayer’s monies ostensibly fighting the canker.”
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