Govt committed to ending Galamsey menace for the bigger interest

By Erica
Apeatua Asdo, GNA

Tarkwa (W/R), Aug. 09, GNA – President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that his government would
continually work towards the elimination of 
illegal miners  (galamsey
operators) from the mineral extraction business for the common good of

He said the Brim, Densu, Ankobra and Bonsa
rivers, which served as sources of drinking water for many communities had all
been heavily polluted by illegal miners who operated haphazardly.

“The Government cannot continue to sit aloof
and watch these miners destroy farmlands, crops, forest reserves and water
bodies, which their forefathers had preserved,” the President stated.

Nana Akufo-Addo said these at the forecourt of
the Tarkwa Community Centre when he visited the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem as part
of his three-day-tour of the Western Region to express appreciation to them for
their support during the 2016 General Election.

He said the Government had already introduced
the Multilateral Integrated Mining Project to help small-scale miners go about
their work decently without causing danger to the environment.

The President stated the mining regulation
permitted only Ghanaians to engage in small scale mining, but not foreigners.

“Don’t let Ghanaians be used as front men
by foreigners to do an activity solely meant for Ghanaians,” he warned.

He assured the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem that
his Government, before the end of its four-year term, would construct a gold
refinery at Tarkwa and also rehabilitate the Tarkwa to Benso Road.

On the Bonsa Tyre Factory and Aboso Glass
Factory, which have been abandoned for years, the President said that both
projects would be revived to create employment.

Nana Akufo-Addo emphasised that the “One
Constituency One Million” commitment he made during the election period would
be fulfilled; and added that the team working on the project had submitted
their report and disbursement would begin soon.

Mr. Joe Ghartey, the Minister of Railways
Development, for his part, said the Ministry would treat the 54-kilometrr
Railway line between Kojokrom and Tarkwa as a special project under  the Western Railways line that the Government
was constructing, explaining that,  it
would be awarded as a ‘stand alone contract.’

“We shall revive Tarkwa again and one of the
pillars for the revival would be the rail sector,” he added.

Mr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Western Regional
Minister, said the Government planned to rehabilitate the poor road networks
within the Municipality because it was an industrial hub.

He stated that the University of Mines and
Technology (UMaT) in Tarkwa had a lot of potential, especially for the West
African sub region, to be maximised for national development.

The Government would, therefore, invest in
UMaT to help it deliver on its mandate.

Nana Adu Panyin II, the Divisional Chief of
Mbease Nsuta, thanked the President for his visit and appealed to the
Government to help the traditional rulers retrieve their royalties, which had
not been paid for years.


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