Mustapha Hamid, the minister for Information has assured the citizenry of the government's full support towards the media campaign against the galamsey menace.
Speaking at the launch of the #StopGalamsey movement, which includes stakeholders in the media and civil societies, the information minister indicated that with the citizenry coming together as one against the practice that is destroying the country's natural resources, the government has no excuse to stay silent.
"Now this government really, has no excuse not to do the right things to stamp out this menace that threatens our future,” he said.
According to him, it was good to see that media was now playing a significant role in calling out the wrong-doers in this situation, especially since it was the other way round in the past.
In a report by Graphiconline.com, the information minister expressed his optimism at the level of concern on the issue, stating that it was the first time in the country's history, the media outlets are not dominated by sensationalized issues but rather of challenges are truly worrisome.
"These days when you pick the newspapers - every single day - and if you tune-in to your radio every single day, it is not about somebody has [assaulted] somebody or some minister has stolen some money or the president’s daughter kicked somebody and etc. Every radio station, every television station, every newspaper headline is talking about the threat to our future," he stated.
The information minister further added that following the president's speech during his weekend tour of the Ashanti Region, it was clear that the president was determined to be named in history as the head of state that eradicated the 'galamsey' menace and restored the country's future.
The #StopGalamsey movement is a joint collaboration of most of the media houses in the country including Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), the New Times Corporation, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and the Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), and with support from the Christian Council of Ghana.
The movement was developed to bring awareness of the severity of the galamsey menace and to educate the public on why it is necessary that the activities of these miners are stopped.
The movement seeks to present the president and his cabinet with a signed petition to urge them make the decisions that will finally bring to a halt the damaging activities of these miners on the environment.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Rob Mining Company in Kumasi, Mr Owusu Bempah has urged government to be cautious in their approach to tackling the issues of 'galamsey', as any misstep could lead the a lawsuit against the state.
Watch Mustapha Hamid's full address below: