President Akufo-Addo says there are political opponents in the fight against illegal mining ‘Galamsey’ but the government is dealing with it.
The President speaking on Sunrise FM in Koforidua shot down claims that interference from political leaders and traditional authorities has frustrated the fight against illegal mining.
The President says this political opposition will always be present and they can only find a suitable way to deal with them.
“I do not see any frustration. Problems which are long-standing are not dealt with overnight. What you have to see is whether some things that have been put on the ground have been dealt with. Inevitably you will come across some resistance. Inevitably, there will be a vested interest.
“Some traditional authorities who are deeply involved in the Galamsey effort. They are there and you cannot wish them away. There will be political opponents…For me, all those are givens, I do not see them as elements of frustration. They are matters which are on the ground, and we have to take them into account.”
The government has since 2016 launched a fight against illegal mining as they say it is destroying the environment.
There was an investigation done by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into galamsey activities.
The investigation led to the resignation of Charles Bissue who was the Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
The NDC and other civil society organisations have also described the government’s fight against Galamsey as a failure due to the missing excavators’ saga.
Akufo-Addo says government will look to adopt other measures to properly deal with the menace.