A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team, Madam Gabriella Tetteh, says the government ill-treated mining communities with its facade fight against galamsey.
In a conversation with Kwaku Owusu Adjei, Thursday, Gabriella Tetteh said the introduction of galamsey ban and seizing of excavators only hurt the mining communities and its stakeholders owing it paved way for NPP faithfuls to extract valuable minerals from their lands while the locals starved.
“Truthfully let speak the gospel truth; the government has been untruthful to the galamsey communities and all stakeholders involved in galamsey. President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government placed a ban on small-scale mining to end destroying of lands,” Gabriella Tetteh said while speaking on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa programme on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
According to her, allowing persons with close ties to the government to engage in mining despite the ban created the impression that the introduction of the ban was a mere platitude.
“There were viral audio conversations allegedly between the former Environment Minister, the NPP Cape Coast chairman, and the General Secretary [of NPP] saying the party needed money, so, they should mine. The situation was worst that at a point seized excavators were being sold to themselves [NPP members],” the NDC communication team member averred.
“This is not the way to go when fighting galamsey,” she added.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana