The National Communications Director of the ruling NPP, Richard Ahiagba, has dismissed claims that President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is condoning illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.
He said such claims are just slanderous and plain insults.
The opposition party at a press conference in Accra on Thursday accused the President of being unwilling to tackle galamsey contrary to what he has been telling Ghanaians.
National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi who addressed the media alleged that the claims by the government that it is committed to fighting galamsey are just a scam and nothing else.
But Mr. Ahiagba in a tweet on Thursday, October 6, said, "the claim that President Akufo Addo is involved in galamsey is not only slanderous, it is a plain insult and must not be countenanced."
According to the NPP spokesperson, "the fight against galamsey is missing strong civil participation."
He then proposed, "we need a whole village approach to succeed. However, the media deserves commendation for their advocacy.”
Recently, the debate about the activities of illegal mining has heightened.
This comes on the heels of the re-arrest of Chinese Galamsey Kingpin, Aisha Huang and the recent documentary titled "Destruction for Gold" by Multimedia Journalist Erastus Asare Donkor which revealed the alarming rate of polluted river bodies caused by illegal mining.
This prompted President Akufo-Addo to convene a meeting with the National House of Chiefs and MMDCEs on the galamsey threat on Wednesday, October 5 in Kumasi.
During the meeting, the President reaffirmed his willingness to combat illegal mining, urging the chiefs to support his vision. He also warned MMDCEs engaging in the act to desist from it or face the consequences when caught.