President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that the fight against illegal mining popularly called galamsey is not a witch-hunt against Chinese nationals.
Speaking at Obomeng Kwahu, Eastern Region on Saturday the president said he law which criminalizes illegal mining will be enforced irrespective of any nationality.“We all know the laws of Ghana have no sympathy for nationality whatsoever. The law affects everybody including the Chinese. It does not give permits to visitors or anybody to engage in illegal mining. Whosoever is caught will be made to full rigor of the law.”“This doesn’t mean we have any qualms with the Chinese government or we hate the Chinese nationals. All I am saying is they should respect the laws of our land just as they do theirs,” President Akufo-Addo added.The comments came after the Obomenghene Nana Effah Opinamang III, made an appeal to the president to deal with galamsey to preserve our natural resources.The president stressed that his government will deal with the menace “once and for all in the history of our country.”“I will be meeting with my sector minister to discuss extensively on this galamsey issues and hopefully in the next coming days you will all see the changes.”