- An NDC official has released a campaign message by Nana Addo on illegal mining
- The message by the then presidential candidate of the NPP seems to be a lie
- Nana Addo promised to regularize galamsey but this promise changed when he became president
A former deputy communication minister under the Mahama administration, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, has taken us down memory lane to discover aspects of Nana Addo's speech ahead of the 2016 elections which saw him promising small-scale miners that their jobs are secured.
On his Facebook page, the NDC official dug out a promise Nana Addo gave to illegal miners saying that it is not in his interest to deploy soldiers to clamp down on their business.
This happened while the president was addressing residents of Obuasi on July 15, 2016, as part of his tour of the Ashanti Region.
' I am here in Obuasi to say that Galamsey, which I prefer to call small-scale mining, will be regularized to ensure that the youth all find work to do. Shortly afterward, Mahama also came here to tell you that I was lying and that an Akufo-Addo government will rather sack everyone involved in galamsey,' the president stated.
Obviously, Nana Addo did the reverse of what he promised ahead of the 2016 election. In fact, after winning the elections the president directed for a national campaign against illegal mining.
Soldiers have been deployed to clamp down on small-scale miners amidst cries from affected miners who say the move by the government has affected their source of livelihood.
Meanwhile, the fight against illegal mining is said to have been successful under the leadership of the minister for lands and natural resources, John Peter Amewu.
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