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Politics of Thursday, 27 February 2020


Galamsey fight will not take a week, be patient - MP

Operation Vanguard members on a galamsey site Operation Vanguard members on a galamsey site

The Member of Parliament for Manso-Adubia Constituency, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo has rubbished suggestions that illegal mining activities popularly known as galamsey is back.

The legislator opined that persons who are currently working are only engaging in licensed small scale mining.

The current administration, he disclosed has done a lot of work in preventing all forms of illegal mining across the country.

Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo said the fight against galamsey is not a week affair because it will take a lot of time for government to deal with the matter holistically.

The previous NDC administration he said tried their best stop galamsey but failed.

The NPP has however done its best in putting in place structures to license small-scale miners to engage in responsible mining.

President Akufo-Addo he added has shown enough commitment in ending galamsey, hence the need for Ghanaians to have patience since t5he fight will not be an easy one.

The MP who is also the Chairman for the Mines and Energy Committee said taking the minerals out should not lead to the pollution of our water bodies and the destruction of our forests.

In January 2017, the Government of Ghana placed a ban on small-scale mining for six months following widespread pollution of water bodies. The ban was, however, extended in October 2017 for another three months.

President Akufo-Addo delivering his station of the nation address said, his government will not weaken its stance on galamsey and that anyone found culpable irrespective of class or party affiliation will be dealt with.