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I’LL PROTECT ENV’T FROM GALAMSEYERS - President declares at Kyebi

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the firm assurance that he would do anything to protect the environment by halting the activities of illegal miners, popularly known as ‘galamseyers.’

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the firm assurance that he would do anything to protect the environment by halting the activities of illegal miners, popularly known as ‘galamseyers.’

 

The President made this emphatic statement over the weekend at Kyebi, in the Eastern region, when he joined the Okyenhene to mark this year’s Ohum festival, under the theme, ‘Taking Charge of the Environment.’

Setting the records straight, President Nana Akufo-Addo explained that he was not in any way against mining, but what he frowned on was illegal mining as a result of its negative impacts on the environment.

Addressing galamseyers during the durbar, President Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated that his government was fully committed to ensuring that the environment was protected for future generations and that he would do anything to put a stop to it.

Kyebi and its enclave, has seen the activities of illegal miners destroy water bodies like the Birim River and other farmlands.

It can be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo last week, when addressing a forum against illegal mining, demonstrated his determination to fight the menace when he told traditional leaders that he is ready to put his presidency on the line with a commitment to end it.

Rallying Ghana’s traditional leaders together the President, said if there is one right thing to be done, that thing is for all to fight galamsey, reclaim the lands and leave for posterity a ‘green country’ and a ‘clean space.’

"We all know that we have been in difficult times and times like these there is the need to keep body and soul together. Every man has a duty to provide for the family and sometimes use every means possible.

"But there are things we can’t just allow to happen and one of them is the abuse of our heritage," he reminded the traditional leaders.

He said the lands, the rivers and the entire Ghanaian space are the country’s heritage and the country has a duty to protect it for posterity.

The president, during the forum, said he was convinced that the galamsey tragedy is perpetrated by a network of politicians, business men and some of the traditional leaders.

 “It will be a betrayal of the trust imposed on me if I fail to end this,” he stated but was quick to point out that his commitment alone would not be enough to solve the canker.

The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin, called for the protection of the environment from the activities of illegal miners, elucidating that the area had the potential to become an ecotourism destination in Ghana.

According to him, the ecotourism potential of the Atiwa rainforest and its ability to save the world from debilitating effect of climate change has attracted international attention, hence, the need to conserve the forest reserve.

“There is no doubt that ecotourism has a great potential in Akyem. The Equatorial rainforest is the cynosure of the Western World and, now, the focus of considerable environmental attention for its real and perceived ability to save the globe from self-destruction.

“Some of you may know of my role in this regard and the fact that I sat on the Advisory Board of the Princes Rainforest Project , an initiative by Prince Charles of Great Britain to protect the World’s rainforest,”he said.

He also called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure that Ghanaians do not continue to wallow in abject poverty.