Of small-scale miners, galamseyers and holding the nation to ransom

 

THE unwavering decision by the Akufo-Addo administration to ensure that illegal mining—popularly referred to as galamsey—is rooted out completely in this country—is very commendable.  And if for nothing, the current administration deserves applause for having the political muscle to deal with the galamsey menace.

THOUGH, galamsey has offered some economic livelihood for a section of Ghanaians in gold and diamond endowed communities across the country, the same cannot be said about the damage the practice was having on our environment and more importantly water bodies across the country.

BEFORE the fight against galamsey begun, many would attest to the fact that rivers including Birim, Ankobra, Densu, Ayensu among others, especially in galamsey-stricken communities, were heavily polluted.

AND even though the fight is not yet over, some successes have been achieved.  At least people engaged in such practices are being hunted and apprehended for the laws of this country to deal with them.

FURTHER, reports indicate that many of these water bodies, which were hitherto polluted due to activities of illegal miners, were now returning to their natural state, a development that looks encouraging for residents in these communities to use as potable water and other domestic work.

FOR us on Today we, once again, want to affirm our firm support for the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government in its focused fight against galamsey.  It is a menace that has seriously cost our environment and has had a hugely adverse effect on many of the water bodies in this country.

THEREFORE, it is interesting when we hear reports of small-scale miners and some galamseyers threatening to vote against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akufo-Addo if he should decide to seek for re-election.

YES, it is true the fight against illegal mining was seriously having a toll on practitioners of the business.  However, we believe it has also not lost on all of us that this is an illegal business and therefore frowned upon by the laws of this country.

THE only thing that we have done which has not helped matters is that for years we accepted it as a legal venture when in actual fact, it was illegal!  Again, the practice festered on because we had chiefs, top politicians even dabbling in it with successive governments not having the political clout to deal with it.

SO those small-scale miners and galamseyers making threats to the effect that they will vote against the NPP in the 2020 election should know that no amount of such threats would sway the government’s agenda to kill galamsey dead!

AT least we know that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated that point over and over again.  So, definitely, these threats would achieve nothing.

THE earlier it dawned on them that the country was unified in the fight against galamsey the better it would be for them.  What we can tell them is that they all join us in the fight against galamsey to make our environment and water bodies safe for the country.

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