- President Akufo-Addo has cautioned people with licenses to mine in Ghana to stay away from water bodies
- He made the statement whilst speaking about his commitment to ending galamsey and its effects
- The president further reiterated the government's resolve to protect the country's resources
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has advised persons with the right license to mine in Ghana to desist from extracting minerals in water bodies.
He made the statement whilst speaking about his commitment to end the menace of illegal mining and its effects on the country.
The president also insisted that those without licenses that convey equipment to sites to search, prospect, explore and mine for a mineral commit grievous crimes against the law.
“Indeed, a person in possession of a valid license but undertakes mining in water bodies or mines unlawfully in protected forest zones also commits an illegality,” said the president during his speech at the ceremony to cut sod for phase one of the Law School Village for the Ghana School of Law on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, per a 3news report.
On Monday, YEN.com.gh reported that the illegal miners arrested in the Atewa Forest mining claimed that the presidency commissioned them to mine in the forest.
They made the bombshell disclosure on Monday, May 24, 2021, after the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ denied them bail, StarrFM.com.gh reported.
“You sent us to Ayawaso in the 2020 elections, you sent us to Kumasi to make a show. But today you are calling us thieves,” they stated, according to the report.
“Meanwhile,” they added, “it is the office of the President that sent us to the Atewa Forest. NPP is not a good party. We will show them.”
The 32 accused persons were denied bail by the court presided by Her Honour, Mercy Addei Kotei, and remanded into police custody to reappear on June 8, 2021.
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