President Nana Akufo-Addo has been called to step down by the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) because of his failure to defeat the practice of illegal mining known as galamsey.
“I believe it is time for him to step aside, for Nana Addo to stop working, and to let capable others take over.
Since he lost the battle against Galamsey, he need to step down.
At a celebration in Accra on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, honoring Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s 113th birthday, CPP General Secretary Nana Yaa Akyempem Jantuah declared, “We in the Convention Peoples Party are imploring him to keep his promises.
In July 2017, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave notice that he is ready to put his Presidency on the line in his stated effort to combat galamsey, or illegal mining.
The President declared, “I have said it in the Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my Presidency on the line on this matter. I am speaking to a two-day workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders drawn from different parts of the country on Monday in Accra.”
However, the tremendous uproar surrounding the arrest of Chinese gala queen Aisha Huang and her accomplices dealt a severe setback to the government’s campaign against illicit mining.
On Monday, September 19, 2022, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, decided that Aisha posed a flight risk and would not appear for trial if granted bail. As a result, the court remanded her in detention.
Before remanding the accused person into jail custody with a new court date of October 11, 2022, the Justice of the High Court was of the considered opinion that remanding the accused person was in the best interest of justice.