President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for an open conversation on the menace of illegal small-scale mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
According to him, Ghanaians need to decide on whether to allow or not allow galamsey, an illegal mining practice that pollutes water bodies and destroys land in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo made this call at his last address to Parliament in his first term in Accra.
He said mining has always remained one of the occupations in Ghana because God has blessed the country with minerals resources.
“…the Almighty God has blessed us with considerable deposits of precious minerals, there would always be mining in Ghana. Indeed, there has always been mining in Ghana,” he said.
He added that the problem associated with the sector in recent times was the use of heavy-duty machines that speed-up the negative ecological impacts of the venture.
He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to discuss the issue apolitical to save the environment.
Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah, ISD