President Akufo-Addo has expressed confidence in his government’s ability to deal with the illegal mining canker that has bedevilled the country.
According to the President, the state of the country’s environment with regards to galamsey in 2017 when he assumed office showed that the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government had given up on the fight.
He indicated that with stringent measures like the setting up of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Operation Vanguard and the GalamSTOP task force, some considerable successes have been chalked in the area.
The conversation around the illegal menace has been rekindled in the past few days following a disclosure by the Chairman of the IMCIM that some excavators seized from illegal miners had gone missing.
Many began questioning government’s commitment to the war on the menace after a video of the Chairman discussing mining concessions with some New Patriotic Party (NPP) members surfaced.
The NDC, a few days ago, held a press conference on the banks of the Pra River which has been discoloured due to galamsey activities and argued out why they think the current government has failed woefully in the galamsey fight.
One key stakeholder in the Galamsey fight has been the Media Coalition against Illegal Mining and the group has urged the President to redeem the failing fight by dealing with persons found in the act.
Presenting the constitutionally mandated State of the Nation Address on Thursday, President Akufo-Addo said although the Galamsey fight is a hectic one, his government will not weaken its stance.
The President urged the Media Coalition to not relent in their campaign against the menace to ensure the success of the war.
“The threat posed to the future of our country by galamsey is grave, and we cannot shirk our responsibilities in dealing with it. I am appealing to the Media Coalition not be daunted by the difficulties in the fight against galamsey. Government will not weaken its stance and welcomes the continuous support of the Media Coalition
“Indeed, the previous government had given up the fight against galamsey. We determined that it was an intolerable situation, and we owed it to generations yet unborn, to tackle the problem and save our environment.
“When we came into office in January 2017, galamsey activities were rampant in many parts of our country. Our lands, forest and river bodies were being systematically degraded and polluted without any care. And thus had been the case for several years,” President Akufo Addo said.