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Gov’t Has Failed – Former NPP General Secretary

Former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyapong says the government has failed in its quest to nib illegal mining activities in the bud.

The Akufo-Addo led administration in 2018, with support from the media, waged a war against illegal mining, popularly known as “Galamsay’”, in the country.

The President even went further and put his presidency on the line as it waged war against the illegal mining activities which was destroying Ghana’s water body and forest reserve.

However, Mr Agyapong is of the view that the campaign to protect the various water bodies, as well as forest reserves has not yielded the expected results.

He therefore made the following remarks in an interview on GTV on Thursday, September 22, 2020.

“With mining, you can’t hide it because the results will show in the water bodies that we have. If there has been a success in the programmes that we have implemented you will see that in the quality of the freshwater bodies we have. As you can see it’s become very milky like milo as some people call it.

“Again it’s how we impose order and discipline in the country. How do we hold state officials liable for any infractions? If you are there at the minerals commission you are supposed to do a job for this country.

It is quite clear that there are a lot of things that are wrong. Either the regulators are not working or a lot of people are not doing their work and people are not getting punished for not doing their work and that is what is supposed to stop.

So we impose order, and a strong penalty regime so people realize that when they are caught they will suffer a proper penalty. I cannot understand why people will be given permits to go into our forest reserves,” he said.

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