The Member of Parliament for Builsa South constituency, Dr. Clement Abass Apaak has chastised the president, Nana Akufo Addo over his comments about the government’s commitment towards fighting illegal minning.
Nana Akufo-Addo; on a working tour of the Ashanti region to inspect ongoing government projects, indicated that he would eradicate galamsey before the end of his tenure of office.
However, Dr. Apaak described the president’s comment as fraudulent following the number of years he [the president] has been in office yet little has been done to stop the menace.
Speaking on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East Show, the Builsa South legislator said the president is not committed to fighting illegal minning owing to the numerous reports on galamsey and the manner in which those cases are dealt with.
He said “the president’s claim is fraudulent. Everybody knows that the fight against galamsey has been wofully lost. Just look at the river bodies. All the river bodies in the southern part are polluted. I’m sad to say that even in the northern part it’s beginning to happen. I think that the president’s claim is fraudulent.”
“He doesn’t have the will-power. He doesn’t have the balls to do what he says he will do because if he did, way back in his first term when the then Minister for Local Government Hajia Alima Mahama had said publicly that MMDCEs were involved and yet nobody was held accountable.”
He continued to state that the situation surronding the galamsey mence suggests that the country has been recolonized by galamsey kingpins.
“How do the excavators get from the ports to the destinations with all the multiplicity of police barriers? Every district has a DISEC, a police commander, a BNI officer. Every region has the same and you tell us that the state is powerless in the face of powerful forces. In that case, let’s just conclude that Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana under Akufo Addo and Bawumia has been recolonized by galamsey kingpins and we are powerless. Either than that, how do you explain what is happening?”
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Samuel Adagom|Bolgatanga| Ghana