11 July 2017

I’m prepared to put my presidency on the line in the fight against galamsey – Prez Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says it will be suicidal on his part to abandon the stance his government has taken against the menace of illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ in their quest to protecting the environment for the survival of present and future generations.

According to him, the oath that he ascribed to during his swearing in as President of the land enjoins him to uphold the constitution and protect the integrity and sovereignty of Ghana which entails protecting the nation and its people as well as its natural resources.

Therefore, failing to do this amounts to betraying the trust of the people.

To this end, he said he will not neglect the responsibilities that have been put on his shoulders by the Ghanaian people because of political expediency.

“I am prepared to put my presidency on the line on this matter. I have probably said that, I should be careful if somebody voted for me and I continue this exercise, perhaps, they will not vote for me again. If by the grace of God I am in a position and my party allows me to go again and I have the health and everything to go again, and that I do not get it [presidency]again … and I said to myself that well this is a choice that we have to make as human beings. I have to do what is right,” he noted.

President Akufo-Addo made this observation when addressing the opening ceremony of a two-day sensitization workshop on illegal mining for traditional leaders. The event was organized by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and in collaboration with the Inter-ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.

The program was meant to share the strategy and strength of the government in the fight against the menace galamsey and to also court the support of the traditional rulers in that endeavor.

President Akufo-Addo commenting further urged the traditional leaders to commit themselves in partnering with the government to bring to an end the activities galamseyers in the country.

“We cannot win this fight without the support of our traditional leaders. Any serious social mobilization of Ghana since time immemorial, if you are not involved, it doesn’t happen.”

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