-The president has dissolved the Inter-ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining
-In 2017, he said he was prepared to put his presidency on the line
-His fight against the menace, however, left much to be desired in his first term
Samuel Abu Jinapor on Wednesday said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s commitment to the fight against illegal is intact, despite the dissolution of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
Jinapor, who’s the Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, told the Appointments Committee of Parliament during his vetting that: “…the president is absolutely committed to making an impact in this illegal small-scale mining industry.”
The president in 2017 said he was ready to place his presidency on the line for the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
He established the anti-galamsey task force to help salvage the polluted water sources, farmlands, and forests caused by the activities of the illegal miners.
Away from illegal mining to politics, E.T. Mensah said in an earlier YEN.com.gh report that Alban Bagbin “will never” do the bidding of the NDC and its vanquished flagbearer in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama, E.T. Mensah has underscored.
According to the former Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, he knows Bagbin to be an independent thinker.
“Nobody can use Bagbin, no one can ever do that,” E.T. Mensah told Accra-based Citi TV.
Bagbin took the oath of allegiance and office as the Speaker of Ghana’s Eighth Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Bagbin won the election to be Speaker polling 138 votes against the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidate, Professor Mike Oquaye, who managed 136 of the votes.
Former President Mahama was reportedly crucial in the nomination of Bagbin for the position of Speaker.
According to the MP for Builsa South, Clement Apaak, Bagbin’s nomination for the position was a “decision made by our NDC leader, John Dramani Mahama.”
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That notwithstanding, it took the NDC’s leadership in Parliament about two weeks to secure the veteran legislator, the speakership position.
Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, told Joy News on Sunday, January 10, 2021, that a lot of convincing was done to ensure Bagbin’s acceptance by every NDC MP.
He said he spoke to all the 137 NDC MPs individually for two weeks to have them back Bagbin’s nomination.
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