Pressure Group Occupy Ghana says the biggest problem with illicit mining in Ghana is the government’s “sheer incapacity, absolute unpreparedness, and, or plain reluctance to police the law.”
The government’s “absolute impotence, in the face of the brazen destruction of our lands and wanton poisoning of our water bodies,” according to Occupy Ghana, has left it speechless in an open letter to President Nana Akufo-Addo.
In its eyes, the government has no justification for failing to successfully combat the threat.
“Every law required to regulate the mining industry exists. Every government agency required in the police, the courts, and even the military) exists. Every district, municipality, and metropolis to enforce the law (namely the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Minerals Commission, in which Galamsey takes place has a fully-paid Chief Executive supported by an Authority and Assembly.”
“What is going on defies reason and only gives support and credence to the popular rumour or belief that the very persons who should be fighting this crime, are rather those involved in and benefit from it.”
The president, Nana Akufo-Addo, was accused of failing and betraying the confidence placed in him.
“Sir, please make sure that the Minerals and Mining Act of 2006 (Act 703), as amended, is enforced without favoritism or fear of reprisals, no matter whose ox is gored.”
The pressure group committed to pressure the President’s neck till he fulfils his promise to stop galamsey.
“Until we see firm action to end this crime, we will send you a reminder every Monday,” the message said. If that doesn’t work, we’ll embarrass your government by filing a lawsuit to force it to stand up and perform its duties. That is not a threat, sir; it is a promise,” it stated.