The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has asked government to within three months find a lasting solution to illegal mining in the country or they would be dragged to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Addressing the press, Chairman of the party, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond said existence of illegal mining saying it was indicative of the failure of successive governments.
We [PPP] are “giving the Akufo Addo government three months to stop galamsey operations in Ghana. Failure to do so shall compel us to drag him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.”
He also called on government to expedite action on all foreigners involved in the practice, especially the Chinese nationals.
“Can a Ghanaian travel to China or any other country to destroy their water bodies? Will they be spared? Or will leaders of such countries tolerate our leaders, calling on their citizens who complain to order as the Chinese are asking us to do,” he questioned.
Government must “gather the political will to prosecute and extradite all foreign ‘galamseyers’ from Ghana so that our farmers can cultivate more crops to improve their individual livelihoods and that of the nation collectively.”
“We wish to assure Ghanaians that such unwarranted provocation and disrespect for our sovereignty will never happen under the watch of a PPP government. It is our fervent hope that the devastation caused by galamsey will not continue to be lost on the NPP administration and that they will find it necessary to deal with it surgically without fear or favour.”