The Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Atwima Nwabiagya North Constituency Raphael Osei-Wusu has urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) to publicly announce their support for the fight against galamsey in Ghana.
His remarks follow the National House of Chiefs, presided over by President Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi II, pledging their support for the fight against galamsey to preserve the deteriorated state of Ghana’s environment.
“Mr. President, your relentless war waged against forest degradation and illegal mining in Ghana is of great importance to Ghanaians. The effects of illegal mining on the environment is a treat to water bodies, farmlands, the cocoa industry and even encourages school dropouts as well as undermines the revenue mobilization drive of the country. In view of this development, Nananom are solidly behind your administration to apply the appropriate sanctions against persons involved in galamsey irrespective of their status” Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi ll read in his welcome address to President Akufo-Addo during an engagement they had in kumasi on Wednesday October 5.
Reacting on the statement, Raphael Osei-Wusu charged MMDCE’s in the country especially those in mining areas to emulate the National House of Chiefs and publicly make their stands clear to the fight against galamsey.
Speaking on Otec fm’s afternoon political talkshow dubbed Dwaberem, Raphael Osei-Wusu told host Dr. Cash that “What the National House of Chiefs have done shows they have come to understand the need for all Ghanaians to come together and fight the menace and I expect the MMDCE’s to do same if indeed they are ready to help this fight”
According to him, MMDCEs and Chiefs are significant players in their respective communities, so stating their positions clearly would be a wise approach and would even deter unauthorized miners from entering such regions.
So, Dr. Cash, I don’t think anyone will have the courage to dare go there to do galamsey if MMDCE’s as chiefs of security in different Assemblies decide to band together and do as Nananom have committed to do.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Evans Agyei Sikapa