Ban All Illegal Mining Activities In Ghana As You Promised – CPP Tells Akufo-Addo

The General Secretary for the Convention People’s Party (CPP),  Nana Yaa Gyantuah, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ban all illegal mining activities in the country as he promised.

Speaking to the media on Monday,  September 21, 2022, Nana Yaa Gyantuah highlighted the devastating nature of galamsey in the country.

According to her, illegal mining has destroyed most water bodies and lands in Ghana.

She indicated that President Akufo-Addo must apologise to Ghanaians for failing to fulfil his promise of ending illegal mining in the country as the practice was still prevalent.

“President Akufo-Addo put the presidency on the line emphasising his government’s commitment to end illegal mining, which he has failed, so he has to resign. What stops Nana Addo from openly apologising to Ghanaians and boldly stepping down?” she asked.

As yesterday marked the memorial day for the founder of the CPP, she said Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had good intentions for the people of Ghana; hence the incumbent president and aspiring presidents must also have the nation at heart like Nkrumah.

She further charged the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to ensure that no illegal mining activity occurs in the country.

She added that the minister is ready to combat the menace, but National Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwarts will not permit him since most of these politicians are behind these illegal mining activities in the country.

Flashback On The Fight Against Illegal Mining By President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

After making a bold declaration to tackle illegal mining in 2017, the president instituted Operation Vanguard to clamp down the activities of galamseyers.

Again the president established an Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to help tackle the menace.

Five years on, several rivers in the country look brown, suggesting pollution due to illegal mining.

The discussions on illegal mining have also been rekindled following the re-arrest of ‘Galamsey Queen’ Aisha Huang after she re-entered Ghana to engage in the illegal business, which got her into trouble in 2018.

Aisha was arrested then, but the prosecution discontinued the case, and she was deported.

However, she boldly returned to engage in the same illegal business after staying low for a few years.

She is facing prosecution again after she was arrested together with four other accomplices.

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