The Minister nominee for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor has given assurance that President Nana Akufo-Addo is still resolute in his commitment to the fight against illegal mining popularly refers to as ‘Galamsey’.
Even though the fight against the galamsey manace is flooded with lots of malfeasance making the President’s agenda a charade, the minister nominee who was the immediate past Deputy of Staff, says Mr Akufo Addo’s agenda to nip the canker in the bud is on course.
Mr Jinapor given the assurance when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
It would be recalled that in 2017 President Nana Addo declared war against illegal miners and sworn that he was prepared to put his presidency on the line in the fight against galamsey.
His declaration was amidst new measures such as the deployment of police and military personnel to arrest illegal miners across the country and the introduction of a community mining programme aimed at regulating small-scale mining in communities in an environmentally sustainable manner.
But barely three years and some months, the situation is not different from what it was before the president’s declaration.
Recent media reports shows that water bodies that were regaining their natural state at the height of the fight against galamsey are becoming polluted again due to the increasing activities of illegal mining in various parts of the country.
However, the minister nominee explained that, “In every dispensation, when you’re rolling out new policies, especially when you’re dealing with intricate sectors such s small-scale mining, you’ll have problems. I have taken time to study a lot of literature and noted that all the previous ministers encountered lots of challenges”.
“You’ll often have party people and lots of big wigs fighting against the process. What is important is that the president is absolutely committed to making an impact in this illegal small-scale mining industry,” Mr Jinapor reiterated.
Even though the Inter-ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) headed by the former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng has been dessolved by Nana Addo, Mr Jinapor told the committee that he will apply the law firmly against individuals who engage in galamsey.
“There is no doubt that you will often have people in your own party and chiefs trying to frustrate the fight against galamsey but I want to give a firm assurance that if I get the approval of Parliament, I’m moving in there with all humility and modesty to apply the law without few or favour.” he stated.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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