New Patriotic Party (NPP) cannot stop illegal small-scale mining activities because their own leaders, members and supporters are deeply involved, says, Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Bernard Allotey Jacobs.
Speaking on Peace FM in Accra last week, Mr Allotey Jacobs vehemently refuted the claims that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his NPP government have been successful in clamping down on activities of galamsey operators in the country.
In his view, the Akufo-Addo-led government “has failed the fight against illegal small-scale mining activities…you cannot stop the galamseyers. It is going on in the eight mining regions in the country.
The current administration has never shied away from touting as a huge success, the work of the Operation Vanguard in the fight against galamsey.
According to the government, despite a few challenges faced by the joint police and military taskforce, the fight has so far been successful.
The anti-galamsey task force was inaugurated on July 21, 2017 as part of measures to efficiently fight illegal mining also known as galamsey.
And since its formation, Operation Vanguard has recorded some successes over the past six months.
The task force has aided in the arrest and prosecution of loads of illegal miners, which situation has served as a deterrent to others
Also, land degradation and pollution of water bodies, which had been the major problems, caused by the activities of illegal mining, have reduced drastically.
For instance, rivers such as Pra, Ankobra, and Birim, which were among the worst polluted, are now returning to their natural states after the nationwide campaign against galamsey.
However, Mr Allottey Jacobs indicated that the galamsey menace was still thriving under the very watch of President Akufo-Addo, and thus went on to proffer reasons why it was the case.
“It is your own party leaders who are encouraging these guys to go into the bush and do those businesses.” You have failed, totally failed and you don’t have any alternative for these people. These boys are back to business,” Mr Allottey Jacobs stressed.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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