The Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpraeso, Mr. Davis Ansah Opoku, says President Akufo-Addo remains resolute in his commitment to nip illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ in the bud despite the challenges he has encountered so far.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo’s government is committed to deal with the galamsey phenomenon in the country, emphasizing that his administration’s efforts will be deliberate during its second in office.
“I want all Ghanaians to support President Akufo-Addo to fight illegal mining, it needs collective effort to eradicate ‘galamsey,’’ Mr. Davis Ansah Opoku told Kwaku Dawuro on ‘Anopa Nkomo’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7
Recently, there have been complaints that the water bodies that were regaining their natural state at the height of the fight against galamsey are becoming polluted again due to the increasing activities of illegal mining in various parts of the country.
President Akufo-Addo made the call when he opened a two-day national consultative dialogue on small-scale mining to develop a blueprint to deal with galamsey and how to fashion best ways for small-scale mining in Accra.
The conference, which is on the theme: “Sustainable small-scale mining for national development”, is being attended by all ministers of Lands and Natural Resources in the Fourth Republic, all political parties, parliamentary select committees, mining industry players, faith-based organisations and civil society organisations.
The President called for a frank national dialogue to fashion concrete policies to deal decisively with the menace of illegal mining and its attendant repercussions on the environment, lives and livelihoods.
He said the policies which should be arrived at on consensus would lead to the promotion of responsible, viable and environmentally sustainable small-scale mining that discarded the use of mercury, shanfan and excavators and the involvement of foreigners.