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Fight against galamsey not targeted at individual – Minister

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

Ada (G/A), Aug 6, GNA –
Mr Henry Quartey, the Deputy Minister of The Interior has stated that the
establishment of a taskforce against illegal mining (Galamsey) is not targeted
at some individuals but for the interest of the citizenry.

He said the activities
of illegal mining in the country was a security issue and needed a national
effort to curb the menace devoid of witch hunting and politisation.

Speaking at this
year’s 80th anniversary of the Ada Asafotufiami Festival, the Deputy Minister
said the move was critical to ensure that the water bodies were preserved,
protected and lands replaced as a result of the negative impact of illegal
mining.

Asafotufiami is an
annual warriors’ festival celebrated by the people of Ada, in the Greater Accra
Region and commemorates the victories of the warriors in battle and those who
fell on the battlefield.

The Festival supported
by Group Ideal, a business entity is on the theme: “Peace and Unity as tool for
Socio-Economic Transformation of Ada Traditional Area.”

He appealed to the
Chiefs and people to join the fight against galamsey, explaining that when the
activities of these practices were not stopped, it would destroy the
environment.

Mr Quartey said
government in collaboration with stakeholders had put in place measures to
ensure that Accra became one of the cleanest capital in the sub-region,
considering the devastating filth which had engulfed it.

He urged the
traditional authorities to develop and harness the country’s tourist sites in
their communities for tourist attraction and generate revenue for developmental
projects.

Mr Quartey urged the
traditional authorities as they celebrate the festival to live in peace and
unity with their subjects.

He also urged the
citizenry to be law abiding for peaceful existence, saying “for it is in unity
that brings development”.

He on behalf of
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented a cow and assorted items and GH¢10,000
to the Ada Traditional Council for the celebration of the festival.

Djetse Abram Kabu
Akuaku III, the Paramount Chief and President of Ada, said this year’s festival
was towards building a modern and befitting Palace for the Council and build a
community health post for the Ada community.

He commended Nii Kotei
Dzani, President Groupe Ideal and a renowned native of Ada who presented GH¢300,000.00
support the construction of a palace for the paramountcy.

Former President Jerry
John Rawlings proposed a radical approach in addressing the filth in the
Capital City.

He said: “When given
the opportunity, he would jail a minimum of three persons a week for sanitation
related offenses till Accra’s sanitation situation improves.”

He expressed worry
about the spate of poor sanitation and lawlessness in the country and urged all
to be more patriotic by arresting persons who threw rubbish indiscriminately
and brought to book.

A statement on behalf
of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, the Asantehene congratulated the people of Ada for the
celebration and entreated the Chief and the people to ensure perpetual peace
and unity for national development.

Madam Comfort Doyoe
Cudjoe Ghansah, the Member of Parliament for Ada donated a Nissan vehicle to
the Ada Traditional Council.

GNA

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