Traditional authorities within the Asante Mampong stool lands have cautioned individuals and organizations who plan to indulge in illegal mining within and around the area to back off.
The queen mother says her traditional area is devoid of water pollution and land degradation due to the nonexistence of galamsey, and she will not sit aloof for any selfish individuals and organisations to destroy her natural resources for their selfish gains.
Speaking on Akoma FM’s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Monday, November 28, 2022, Queen mother for Asante Mampong, Nana Agyakoma Dufie II cautioned illegal miners who have plans to mine within and around her stool lands to rethink their decision.
She told host of the show, Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin, that “we are very vigilant now. We will empower our aniti-galamsey taskforce so nothing can happen on our blank sight. I am using your platform to caution them. Anyone who tries does so at his or her own risk. If they know what is good for their descendants, they shouldn’t dare try any illegal mining on our lands,” she warned sternly.
Nana Agyakoma Dufie II lamented that until 2014, Asante Mampong had been deprived of potable water for over sixty three years “so we won’t sit aloof for someone to sit in Accra and give directives to spoil our water bodies and degrade our lands. We the traditional authorities are very vigilant. We have already issued a press conference in addition. I am leveraging on your platform to signal any interested individuals and organizations who dream to mine to forget because it will not happen over the dead bodies of me and my uncle Daasebre Osei Bonsu.”
The caution of Nana Agyakoma Dufie II comes on the back of a notice issued by the Minerals Commission dated November 1, 2022, where a publication of notice pending applications for mineral right within her traditional authority. The gazette gives directives to the land owners and occupiers of the land to respect the directives of the Minerals Commission.
Meanwhile, the Mampong Traditional Council led by Daasebre Osei Bonsu and his queen, Nana Agyakoma Dufie II responded the minerals commission with a letter to halt any intentions to mine within or around the Asante Mampong stool lands.
Below is the response from the authority to the government.
By Nana Asenso-Mensah|AkomaFM|Onuaonline.com
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