A group calling itself, Obuasi Mining Community, has registered its dissatisfaction at President Nana Akufo-Addo over the failed fight against illegal mining in the country.
According to the group, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been unable to fulfill promises made to the mining communities prior to the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
In a statement the group available to Original News, the highlighted scores of the unkept promises saying;
- During the 2016 election campaign, President Akufo-Addo assured small-scale miner’s that his government will not collapse the job as the NDC was saying and they we’re only embarking on propaganda to thwart his chances of becoming a President.
2. On 15th July 2016 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo then flagbearer of NPP at Obuasi said his government will in accordance with the law, regularize and streamline the operations of “galamsey” mining across the country and transform it into small scale mining so that the youth in the mining community can find work to do.
3. President Akufo-Addo again speaking at Kyebi during the Ohum festival celebration emphasized that he is not against mining in the country.
4. President Akufo-Addo at Manso prior to election 2020, reiterated the government’s commitment to regularize the mining business instead of collapsing it. We the community write with disappointment in the government for clamping down on small scale mining in the country after offering training for small scale miner’s at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) Tarkwa, to formulate a comprehensive mining policy to regulate the sector and resource miner’s to carry their mandate effectively
I will put my Presidency on line to stop galamsey- Akufo-Addo
On 10 July 2017, while addressing a two-day workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders drawn from different parts of the country in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said: “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.”
“If, by the grace of God, my party allows me to go again and I have the health and everything to go again but do not get it again, then I will say to myself: ‘Well, this is a choice I have to make as a human being.’ Do you do what is right or what you think will make you get along? I think you do what is right and what you are required to do,” he added.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana