Wontumi is president of the 'galamseyers'- Alhaji Bature

Wontumi is president of the 'galamseyers'- Alhaji Bature

Alhaji Iddrisu Bature, the editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper and known advocate for the National Democratic Congress has expressed doubt about the ruling government's willingness to fight the illegal mining activity known as 'galamsey'

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According to him, the New Patriotic Party leadership should quit the pretense with trying to solve the menace that is polluting Ghana's water resources, as they are aware that one their members Benard Antwi-Boasiako, known as Chairman Wontumi, is among the active participants in the said practice.

Wontumi is part of the 'galamseyers'- Bature

Chairman Wontumi

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Alhaji Bature was speaking on UTV's political discussion show, Adekye Nsroma when he said, "President Akufo-Addo and his government keep making noise about Galamsey from different angles when they are very much aware that the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi, is vibrantly in-charge of galamsey. Indeed he is the president of galamseyers who has all the big machines used for working in the sector."

He further indicated that using technological means such as drones to tackle the mining menace would be a waste of state resources.

Alhaji Bature said he could not understand why the president and his party members made of a show of vowing to end the illegal mining activity, as according to him, one of their leading members benefited from the activity.

Meanwhile, government has been urged to use modern and proper means to tackle the galamsey problem.

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The CEO of Rob mining company, Mr Owusu Bempah, said government should be cautious in their approach to dealing with the illegal minors or there could be a possible lawsuit filed against them.

There has also been a nationwide campaign to end the galamsey challenges as recent reports indicate the severity of environmental damage due to the equipment and methods used in the gold mining activity.

Dubbed the #StopGalamsey campaign, many national stakeholders and the general public have joined in the campaign to push government to quickly and effectively rid the country of the troubles caused by the miners, as well as find lasting solutions to the damage caused by their work.

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