The Deputy National Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Edem Agbana has said that president Akufo Addo and his government never fought illegal mining in the first term of their administration, GhanaVanguard.com can report.
According to him, what the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government did in their first term in office was the replacement of persons or indigenes involved in the illegal mining activities with party functionaries and executives.
“…instead of fighting the problem of small scale mining, President Akufo Addo and his government were only interested in replacing the indigenes and the illegal small scale miners with party apparatchiks.
As we speak, excavators that were ceased from these small scale miners with the intention that we were stopping galamsey,…they were shared to party functionaries, party executives and so when you go to the sites where galamsey was happening, instead of seeing the old small scale miners,…they were taken away and replaced with party functionaries,” Mr. Agbana said on ‘GhToday’ program on GhOne TV monitored by GhanaVanguard.com.
The young politician further labeled the fight against illegal mining in president Akufo Addo’s first term presidency as a bogus adventure, insisting there was absolutely no fight against the illegal activities which has destroyed lot of water bodies in the mineral endowed areas in the country.
He added also that the recently held dialogues and consultative meetings where discussions were made to determine the way forward to deal with the cancer; is an indication of admission of failure by the Akufo Addo government.
“…the fact that as we speak…in April 2021, government is now holding consultative meetings and dialogue to decide the way forward for galamsey is admission of failure in the first place. The first four years was a sham. There was really no fight against galamsey,” he added.