President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said government is waging a valiant struggle to bring the galamsey phenomenon under control.
The president made the remark when he delivered his second state of the nation address in parliament today [Thursday].
Government he noted ‘’have had to ban small-scale mining for the past nine months’’ as part of the efforts to curb activities of illegal mining.
‘’We acknowledge that banning of small-scale mining cannot be the long-term solution in a country such as ours, which is blessed with so many minerals; but, as the saying goes, desperate situations call for desperate remedies,’’ he added.
According to the president, ‘’we cannot look on, as our very existence as a country is put in jeopardy and our water bodies, forests and land mass are destroyed.’’
He indicated further that, ‘’even with the ban, it has been a never-ending battle with the galamseyers, and I am sure the House will want to join me, in paying tribute to the members of our forces in the Operation Vanguard that are protecting our environment. They are Ghanaian patriots of the first order.’’
He said his administration have started various schemes to find sustainable alternative sources of income for the galamseyers. Nothing will ever equate the attraction of the search for gold or diamond, and maybe the drama of actually finding some, but this generation of Ghanaians dare not preside some, but this generation of our lands.’’
The state of our rivers and forests he lamented remains a great cause for worry, and it is our sacred duty to protect them. I hope I can count on the total support of the House to help nurse our degraded lands and rivers back to health.’’
He expressed gratitude to traditional rulers for their role in the fight against galamsey stating, ‘’I am equally grateful to those chiefs who have supported the fight against galamsey. My government will continue to reach out to our traditional rulers, so that, together, we can address pressing issues facing our nation and its peace and stability.’’ He concluded