#PulseElections NPP blames Mahama for surge in galamsey

The party's director of communications and campaign spokesperson, Nana Akomea accused the president of failing to to put in place proper measures in place to check the growing menance.

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is blaming President John Mahama for the surge in illegal mining, also known as galamsey, in the countryside.

The party's director of communications and campaign spokesperson, Nana Akomea accused the president of failing to put in place proper measures to check the growing menace.

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He told you that he would ensure proper governance of our natural resources," he told a news conference Wednesday. "Today when you go to the Ghanaian country side, galamsey is destroying the forest, land, farms, cocoa, and rivers. When you go and you see for yourself, if you are not careful you will get a shock, right under the watch of everybody and yet the man said he was going to ensure proper governance of our natural resources."

As a result of the unregulated operations of the galamsey operators, the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing has warned of a likely closure of three major water treatment dams.

The dams are the Barekese dam, the Kyebi Treatment plant and the Daboase water treatment plant.

Management of these plants is being forced to shut them down to prevent them from total collapse as a result of activities of galamsey operators.

“The activities of galamsey operators have become a source of worry. As soon as the Minister visits the site, then these operators run into the bush; but whenever we return to our various offices, these guys come back to operate,” the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Abraham Otabil said in a media interview.

He said that the Kibi water treatment plant “is giving an indication that within the next few days, if nothing is done, the treatment plant will be shut down.”

“As we speak now, Barekese in the Ashanti Region is being threatened seriously. We are looking at the Daboase Plant which is also seriously under siege by these galamsey operators,” Mr. Otabil added.


Also, the Supreme Council of the Ghana Cocoa Board has warned that the unrestrained lease of cocoa lands in cocoa growing is threatening cocoa production output.

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