The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has acknowledged how challenging the battle against galasmey, or illegal mining, has been.
On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the President remarked that since taking office, the fight against illegal mining has been high on his priority list.
“Since I assumed office in 2017 I have made it a central feature of my presidency to lead in the efforts to rid our country of this menace, which we all now call galamsey. Indeed, it was an important aspect of my inaugural address of that day”.
He continued, “It hasn’t been well-liked, and we haven’t seen the quick outcomes I was hoping for.
President Akufo-Addo claimed that the decision he and the NPP made to combat the threat five years ago resulted in “major losses in the mining towns” during the 2020 election.
It turned out that I wasn’t being irresponsible or bombastic when I said that I was willing to risk losing my presidency in the fight against galamsey.
It was the plain truth.
Despite this, the President is dedicated to keeping his pledge to Ghanaians to put a stop to the threat.
“I ask you all to join hands with me in the fight against illegal mining, in order to bring an end to the devastation of our landscape and the pollution of water bodies. We have to win that fight to keep our environment clean and protect our land and waters,” he spoke to the chiefs.
In a similar forum against illegal mining that was organized in July 2017 to engage Ghana’s chiefs in the fight against galamsey, President Akufo-Addo placed his presidency on the line for the cause.
Even if he doesn’t win the president, he promised to put an end to the threat.
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