- The chiefs of Mampong have threatened to cut down the cocoa trees in the area to further galamsey
- They claims they will resort to galamsey because the community can’t see the benefits of galamsey
It seems as the fight against galamsey picks up speed, some royals are working against the direction of the government.
The new threat to move into galamsey comes from the chiefs and people of the Akwapim Mampong traditional area in the Akwapim South District of the Eastern Region.
They are threatening to cut down cocoa trees in the area and resort into illegal mining otherwise known as galamsey.
According to the Adukrohene of Akwapim Mampong, Nana Ayeh Kofi Kwaasi, the trees to be destroyed would include those in the preserved Tetteh Quarshie farms and the ones planted in the Jubilee fields.
The angry chief said that even though the Mampong area was blessed with gold and they were yet to see benefit of still engaging in the growing of cocoa.
“Yes, we would use out land for galamsey because we have gold and our chiefs and the youth have all agreed for that to happen…galamsey has instant results and that is what we would go into because we would all have some gold for development…,” the Chief threatened further.
This new stance taken by the local chiefs contradicts the campaign by President Nana Akufo-Addo to curb the rampant galamsey that has been in Ghana.
As part of this campaign, the government had earlier issued an ultimatum to all people participating in galamsey to desist from the act.
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