President of the Republic, Nana Akufo – Addo, is calling for a broader conversation on illegal mining popularly known as “galamsey” on a non – partisan basis.
This he believes will help in coming up with pragmatic solutions to address the myriads of challenges that illegal mining poses to the environment.
President Akufo – Addo in 2017 declared war on illegal mining vowing to put his presidency on the line in the fight against the phenomena.
Delivering his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution, President Nana Akufo Addo said it was time to take the conversation on illegal mining “out of the party-political arena”.
“There is one subject about which I believe we, the people, need to have an open conversation, and that is galamsey. Should we allow or should we not allow galamsey, the illegal mining that leads to the pollution of our water bodies and the devastation of our landscape? As I have said often, the Almighty having blessed us with considerable deposits of precious minerals, there would always be mining in Ghana” he said.
President Akufo – Addo added that “indeed, there has always been mining in Ghana. The problem we have is the use of modern technology that leads to the illegal mining methods posing serious dangers to our water bodies and the health of our environment. The pollution of our rivers and water resources has been so acute on occasion that the Ghana Water Company is unable to afford the distilling of water to make for safe drinking. We have to talk about galamsey. We, who are leaders, owe it to the country to take the subject out of the party-political arena, and have an honest conversation about this menace to our future”.