The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak has asked Ghanaians to take their destinies into their own hands and protect their environment.
He asserts that state institutions that they are responsible in protecting the environment from destruction through illegal activities have become complicit and compromised.
He indicated that the issue of galamsey and illegal rosewood activities have increased because there are state actors who are supporting these activities.
He said Ghanaians must rise up and fight these persons so their selfish interests would not surpass that of the people.
He commended residents of Bosome Frehu for setting the example and protecting their environment.
Residents at Danso in the Bosome Freho District of the Ashanti region recently chased away illegal miners away from their mining site in fulfillment of their last warning to them a week ago.
The residents had expressed their displeasure with the activities of illegal miners, most of whom are foreign nationals, vowing to prevent them from destroying their lands, including their cocoa farms and their rivers.
He wants other communities to learn from this example and fight to protect their environment.
Read his statement below
Folks, I commend and applaud the people of Bosome Frehu for taking the destiny of their environment and for that matter, their own future and that of generations to come, into their own hands.
It’s now clear that state institutions and government actors have become complicit, compromised and collaborators in the destruction of our environment.
The evidence is abound as seen in the complicity, participation and coverups in the fraudulent fight against galamsey and the illegal harvesting and export of Rosewood.
It’s no secret that state and government actors in cahoots with party people have and continue to profit from the destruction of our environment to the detriment of the health of the environment and the people.
I urge all communities in Ghana to emulate and replicate the bold action by the truly good citizens of Bosome Frehu. The time has come for citizens to rise up in defense of wrong doing covertly and overtly allowed by state and government actors.
Arise, Arise, Arise.
I remain a citizen!
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South