OccupyGhana Jabs Akufo-Addo *Over ‘Galamsey Queen’


Pressure group, OccupyGhana, has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s admission that the deportation of Aisha Huang was a mistake by his government as regrettable and a slap on the face of Ghanaians.


According to the group, it was regrettable that the president was now coming to the realisation that the action was bad when many Ghanaians spoke against it at the time.


The President admitted at a function in the United States, where he was attending the UN assembly, that on hindsight, deporting the Chinese national who was arrested for illegal mining was a mistake.


“I think the decision to deport Aisha Huang in hindsight was a mistake and that is why that process and procedure is being stopped,” he said.


Reacting to the comment, OccupyGhana said in a statement: “We appreciate the President’s candour in admitting this mistake. We agree with him that that decision was a mistake, a grave and regrettable one. What we are concerned with is that it had to take hindsight, an understating of the situation only after it had happened and almost two years after the fact, for the Government to realise how bad a mistake that was. Ghanaians knew right from the start that it was a mistake and said so to the Government, which ignored us, making this regret very little and very late”.


The statement also added:” This “on hindsight mistake” has been a rather unfortunate, deflating and regrettable phase in the fight against Galamsey and a slap in the face of Ghanaians. We expect that all subsequent acts will match the realisation of the titanic mistake we made with Aisha Huang and more recently with Huang Yanfeng. We will judge the Government in this matter, not based in its words and assurances based on hindsight, but on its acts that are based on foresight. Let the Government beget fruits that befit the repentance of the “on hindsight mistake.”



Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com


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