President Akufo-Addo has given assurances that the government’s plan to have bauxite mined in the country’s largest surviving natural rain forest, the Atewa forest, would not in any way destroy the environment.
He said the technology to be adopted by the miners would reduce the impact of the mining activity on the quality of life of persons whose livelihoods depend on the forest’s resources.
He made the statement during the Sustainable Ocean Industries Conference organised under the auspices of the Petroleum Commission of Ghana, Aker Energy and the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo said he was satisfied with the information and demonstration he had received about mining without disturbing wildlife in the forest.
“Beginning now, the full scale exploitation of Ghanaian bauxite resources will commence. We are in a better place, technology-wise than we would have been 20, 30 years ago to do this. I am satisfied by what I have been told and what has been demonstrated to me that, it is possible for us to get that red matter out without disturbing the wildlife that there is in the Atewa mountains,” the president said.
President Akufo-Addo, who is a UN Sustainable Development Goals champion and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, have come under serious criticism over the decision to mine bauxite in the forest as part of a $2 billion Chinese infrastructure deal.
On Thursday, May 30, 2019, heavy-duty equipment were seen at the Sagyimase entry port of the forest clearing a road into the forest.
Several medicinal trees were said to have been destroyed as a result.
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