- President Akufo-Addo has made known his commitment to fighting the phenomenon of galamsey in the country
- He said he will do everything within his power to bring the menace to an end in his second term, by January 2025
- This seems to be the umpteenth time the president is making such a statement
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The issue of illegal mining known in our local parlance as galamsey has been a problem both past and successive governments have been grappling with.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of his campaign promises before his election to his first term, promised to tackle galamsey.
For the umpteenth time, President Akufo-Addo has made known his commitment to fighting the phenomenon of galamsey in the country.
Akufo-Addo stated that he will do everything within his power to bring the menace to an end in his second term, by January 2025.
He made this known at an event to when the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House on Friday, April 23, 2021.
“... I’ll put in a lot of effort into the galamsey fight for Ghanaians to know that I’m serious about the fight so that we can bequeath to the next generation the gold, water and other resources we inherited from our forefathers. I intend to do everything within my power in this second term to bring this galamsey menace to a conclusion in Ghana,” he stated.
In 2017, Nana Akufo-Addo declared that he was prepared to put his presidency on the line in the fight against galamsey.
His declaration was amidst new measures such as the deployment of police and military personnel to arrest illegal miners across the country and the introduction of a community mining programme aimed at regulating small-scale mining in communities in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Speaking on ‘The First’ show monitored by YEN.com.gh on 3FM, Dr. Adutwum said that will boost civic education.
“If you go to most public offices, you see the president's picture, the Coat of Arms, civics, it gets you to appreciate the country that you are growing up in as a child…,” he stated. “It is very important to let them know that the picture they see, one day it will be their picture,” he added.
Speaking during the April 22 interview, Dr. Adutwum expressed gratitude to the president for the opportunity and the confidence reposed in him.
According to the Bosomtwe lawmaker, the appointment gives him a unique opportunity to transform the country’s education system.
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