LEADERSHIP of Ghana Union Movement (GUM), a newly registered political party seeking to contest in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls have launched a blistering verbal attack at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for lying to Ghanaians that his current administration has fought against illegal small mining activities in the eight mining prone regions in the country which hitherto had largely made negative effects on the bodies and forest range reserves.
Addressing the crowd of the members and supporters of GUM in the official launch of the party 2020 manifesto in Accra on Saturday February 8,2020, the Flagbearer of GUM, Reverred Dr. Christian Kwabena Andrew, popularly known as Osofo Kyiri Abosom stressed that President Akuffo-Addo claimed to have minimised the activities of illegal small mining was completely lies and political propaganda machinery to throw dust onto the eyes of Ghanains.
Interestingly, Osofo Kyiri Abosom who doubles as the Head Pastor of Life Assembly Worship Center stated that the president has failed Ghanains in the fight against the menace which is still putting economic burden on the Ghana Water Company Limited.
He noted that the hard evidences available to Ghanains collaborate the reports from the residents from various mining communities indicated that the destruction of water bodies and forest range reserves through the illegal activities of the miners were rather worst under the current President Akuffo-Addo administration.
He asserted that the claims by the President to have set up a taskforce of a joint military and police team to arrest galamseyers who will flout the law was rather waste of the tax payers money since the taskforce came to worst the situation.
He added that although the sitting government led by President Akufo-Addo in 2017 waged a war against galamayers by issuing a ban, in its bid to protect the country’s water bodies which were being depleted due to galamsey, the current regime has witnessed spate and upsurge of illegal mining, known in Ghanaian parlance as “Galamsey.”
According to them, Mr Akufo-Addo”s efforts of placing the ban on the small mining activities, were just a face serving exercise, ostensibly to give due advantage to some top chiefs of the New Patrotic Party (NPP) to enrich themselves.
In this regard, the man of God promised Ghanains that he will legalize galamsey if elected as president in 2020 general elections.
He explained that galamseyers –illegal small scale miners, in the country will return to mining sites if he becomes President
According to him, it is pointless for galamseyers to wallow in poverty when they can work to cater for their families.
Osofo Kyiriabosom said he will put in place measures that will offer galamsyers the opportunity to work again without destroying water bodies.
He explained that his government will supply the galamseyers equipment to reclaim the lands for other profitably ventures.
The flagbearer of GUM further called on the galamseyers who have become unemployed due to the actions by the government to vote massively for him in the 2020 showdown.
“Ghana belongs to all of us, so galamseyers will return to the field when I become President in 2021, after their operations, we will give them excavators to cover the pits that will be created after the mining, and then, we will plant trees on the used lands. We will only allow them to go to the lands and not where water bodies are,” Osofo Kyiriabosom said.
Fuming with rage, he blamed President Akufo-Addo of reducing the Community Mining Programme (CMP) which was launched by him in Wassa Akropong, Western Region on Wednesday, July 25, 2019 to formalise artisanal and small-scale gold mining activities in selected communities across the country to political mire where only those with NPP affinity are being considered.
The man of God indicated that some former illegal small-scale gold miners (ex-galamseyers) who were trained by the government to benefit from the programme have been denied their mining operating permit licenses.
According to him, the licenses for the programme which were to be given to the former illegal small-scale gold miners were rather being issued to few ex-galamseyers who are identified as members and supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) without recourse to the law governing mining activities.
He noted that some of top officials of the NPP who are not supposed to benefit from the programme had rather secured mining operating permit license illegally to embark on the programme meant for ex-galamseyers (youth) who hitherto became redundant due to the ban on illegal small-scale mining activities.
According to him, the miners find it extremely difficult to secure the mining operating license to carry out the community mining programme although they have gone through the rightful processes and procedures of collecting the environmental permit license from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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