Fri, 14 Jun 2024 Social News

Galamsey: Every president's effort regardless of their commitment remain unsatisfactory — Nana Akomea 

Galamsey: Every president's effort regardless of their commitment remain unsatisfactory — Nana Akomea 

The Managing Director of the State Transport Corporation (STC), Nana Akomea, has expressed his view that the efforts of successive governments, including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have not achieved satisfactory results in the fight against illegal mining, commonly known as galamsey.

Nana Akomea acknowledged that the government has made significant attempts to tackle the destructive practice that has devastated many water bodies and farmlands.

Despite these efforts, the desired success remains elusive.

President Akufo-Addo had made the battle against galamsey a priority, said he was willing to put his presidency on the line to fight the menace.

The government launched several initiatives, such as Operation Vanguard and Operation Halt, as part of its strategy to combat illegal mining.

“I have said it in the Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my Presidency on the line on this matter,” the President said at a workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders.

However, after nearly eight years in office, the fight has failed to yield results.

In an interview on Joy FM, the former Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South highlighted the ongoing difficulties in addressing illegal mining.

“Every President has made efforts to stop illegal mining in the country, but despite their commitment and efforts, the results remain unsatisfactory,” he remarked.

Nana Akomea's comments follow a recent controversial statement by Ernest Frimpong, the Parliamentary candidate for Amenfi East.

Frimpong was recorded encouraging illegal miners to resist military officers who attempted to disrupt their activities.

This has led to widespread criticism and his subsequent arrest, though he was later granted bail, where he later clarified that his comments were misunderstood.

Nana Akomea emphasised that the fight against illegal mining is an arduous task that requires the collective efforts of all stakeholders.

He stressed the importance of a unified approach to tackle the menace effectively, noting that it demands cooperation from government and the public.

Gideon Afful Amoako
Gideon Afful Amoako

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