PPP to woo the youth from Galamsey

By
Gideon Ahenkorah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 22, GNA – Policy Advisor of the
Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Mr Kofi Asamoah Siaw said his Party’s major policy
for the youth is on how to save them from illegal mining commonly known as
“galamsey”.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in
Accra on Wednesday, Mr Asamoah noted that galamsey had claimed the lives of
many youth and poses a threat to the survival of the country.

He said most of the youth are into galamsey
because of the inadequate job opportunities.

“Inadequacy of job opportunities in the
country breeds poverty and hunger. In order to get some income to survive, the
youth have no choice but to resort to engaging in such deadly activity,” Mr
Siaw said.

Mr Asamoah said the PPP would tackle the
menace through its education policy of “Free Compulsory Education” that would
ensure that persons below 18 years are in schools studying instead of engaging
in illegal mining.

Also, the policy would cater for the needs of
persons who are 18 years and above and are out of school by offering them
opportunities to engage in income-earning activities to take their minds off
galamsey and other unacceptable business activities.

He said a PPP government would invest in the
expansion of local markets and the production of rice, beans, maize and
tomatoes.

He said: “The land often destroyed by galamsey
operators can be used for large-scale farming, which would create more job
opportunities for the youth.”

“When we expand the market, farm produce would
get ready market and farmers would get income,” he added.

Mr Asamoah said the Party’s galamsey policy
would deal with foreigners who engage in illegal mining in line with the
country’s laws.

“With or without work permit, galamsey is
unacceptable in Ghana and the PPP would not endorse it,” he stated.

He expressed optimism on the effectiveness of
the policy, saying the Ghanaian youth would gladly accept it as most of those
engaged in galamsey are not happy with the associated dangers.

“We have interacted with most of them on the
Pra, Birim and Ofin rivers and they all said they don’t like what they are
doing. Which means if they have a choice, they would quickly change,” he said.

He expressed disappointment in the government
stating that its interventions in curbing galamsey have consistently remained
ineffectual.

He observed that illegal mining apart from its
health dangers also pollutes water bodies and destroys lands, rendering it an
unsafe habitat for mankind.

GNA

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