Information Minister and Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi has hit back at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for describing the Akufo-Addo government’s fight against illegal small scale mining (galamsey) as a failure.
According to the Information Minister the news conference organized by the biggest opposition party in the country to ‘mock’ Akufo-Addo’s fight against corruption is a mere attempt to score cheap political points.
“It [Prah River] has been terrible since about 2014, 2015, 2016, even the early part of 2017 as Galamsey activities were going on and water bodies being destroyed across the country. That is exactly why the government took steps to stop it and to regularize small scale minings so that people could do it in a responsible way. If today we are finding that some persons at the time when we were asking people to go into this community mining program and people to do legal mining if we finding that some persons are resorting to irresponsible mining, we have to tackle that head-on.
“If somebody chooses now to come and seek to make political capital, the one who on his watch actually, the first time you saw documentaries on galamsey so bad in this country, foreigners coming here with all these Chanfan machines was on his watch and he is quietly sitting at home after he threw his hands in the air that he can’t fight it, he’s now sitting at home and seeking to make political capital out of it, as for him we have to tell him to simply be quiet and let us fix the challenge that,” the Ofoase Ayirebi legislator said in an interview with ABC News.
The NDC on Sunday, February 16 held a press conference on the bank of the River Pra to highlight the damage galamsey operations had caused the Pra river.
Subsequent to that, some residents of Twifo Praso, where the news conference was held called on the government to double its steps in fighting the menace since their source of portable drinking water had been completely destroyed.
But government says it has not turned a blind eye to the situation and is doing all within its power to remedy the situation. According to the Information Minister, if the country is to win the fight against galamsey, the citizenry has to collectively help in the fight.
“If we make this between the NDC and the NPP, if we don’t take care, attention will be lost on the job that must be done and we will now start trading in records and showing their very poor and abysmal record when it came to fighting the menace.”