President Nana Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that Galamsey is still active and poses a threat to Ghanaians’ ability to survive.
The president stated, “Even though a lot has been achieved in this area between 2017 and 2021, illegal small-scale mining remains a challenge and continues to pose as a threat to our very survival,” at the natural resource stakeholders meeting in Accra on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
“But,” he noted, “we cannot rest while these illegalities still persist.”
A few weeks ago, the presidency dismissed as “hearsay” a 37-page galamsey report written by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who previously served as minister of environment, science, technology, and innovation and as chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining. In this report, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng accused officials at the presidency and government appointees of supporting or participating in galamsey.
According to Jubilee House, the report was a collection of the renowned heart surgeon’s personal complaints from his galamsey battle.
A relative of President Nana Akufo-Addo named Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, one of individuals he listed, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the former minister.
Others, such Jubilee House Director of Operations Mr. Lord Commey and Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, have denied participating in galamsey or undermining its opposition.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General has asserted that the report exclusively includes Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng’s opinions.
According to Mr. Godfred Dame, the former IMCIM chairman did not fully explain the situation in the leaked report.