Nana Effah Opinamang exchanging pleasantries with President Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the law against illegal mining will be enforced, regardless of the nationality of the people engaged in that business.
According to him, Ghana will relationship with China, indicating that the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) is not targeted at Chinese but the country will ensure full enforcement of law and order without fear or favour.
President Akufo-Addo, who gave this hint when speaking at the coronation ceremony of the chief of Obomeng-Kwahu, in the Eastern Region, Nana Effah Opinamang III – which coincided with this year’s Easter festivities – said his administration would continue to find a lasting solution to the illegal mining menace.
His remark on the galamsey business came a few weeks after the Chinese Embassy in Ghana had expressed worry about media reports citing the involvement of Chinese nationals in galamsey operations in Ghana.
In a letter purportedly written by authorities of the embassy, it impressed upon the government to guide the media in their criticism of Chinese nationals in the galamsey business.
President Akufo-Addo stressed, “We all know the laws of Ghana have no sympathy for nationality or 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 face the full rigors of the law. This doesn’t mean we have any qualms with the Chinese government or we hate the Chinese nationals. All I’m saying is they should respect the laws of our land just as they do theirs. With time you’ll get to know that I’m not making empty promises.”
He was emphatic that measures would be put in place to find meaningful employment for the youth who are engaged in galamsey and pointed out that his government’s policy to “deal with this problem once and for all in the history of our country” will soon be released.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Obomeng-Kwahu