President Nana Akufo- Addo appears to have softened his stance on frontally dealing with the phenomenon of illegal mining in the country.
Despite President Akufo-Addo’s promise in 2017 to eradicate the problem of galamsey “once and for all”, artisanal mining remains widespread and represents more than 30% of Ghana’s gold output.
This topic on illegal Galamsey is politically sensitive in Ghana where the practice accounts for an estimated 60% of the country’s total mining labour force and supports millions of livelihoods.
The National Cheif Executive Officer for NIA, Dr. Josiah Alfred Mills Cobbah has taken to his page on talking about the Accra Dialogue on Galamsey in the country organised by the President.
Dr. Josiah wrote “Imagine trusting your husband with the management of the family resources for a number of years. You find out there’s no money left in the bank. He now wants a family dialogue on the family’s resources. Whom are we kidding?
- Publish a final report on the excavators.
- Tell us how much illegal gold was mined. Where’s the money?
- Publish a list of concessions with the name of owners.
- Tell us how many people were prosecuted after arrests by the Galamsey Task Forces. Name them”.
According to Dr. Cobbah, these answers will start the dialogue.
“Please let’s be transparent about the galamsey fight if indeed we really want to clean up our muddy rivers and save our forests” he advised.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Identification Authority.
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