- A media coalition recently started a campaign dubbed the #StopGalamseyNow campaign as the war on the illegal mining activity intensifies
- President Akufo-Addo commended the coalition and urged them to push the campaign till the very end
- He also hinted at policies that will provide alternative livelihoods for the illegal miners as gov't hopes to reclaim the lands damaged by galamsey
President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the government's recent determination to end the illegal mining activity known as 'galamsey', is in no way an act of xenophobia.
According to the president, the policies in motion to end the galamsey menace is not an attack on foreign nationals, but is a desire to restore the damaged natural resources of the country.
According to a report by Graphic Online, the president was addressing the gathering of the media coalition against galamsey, when he stated, "It is not a xenophobic trial where we are going after Chinese nationals. We are trying to protect the integrity of the environment and it is those engaged in galamsey that we are after. We will remain in the trenches until we achieve victory."
He noted that the illegal mining activity was being funded by certain individuals, and it was imperative that Ghanaians came together to work towards the eradication of the activity.
President Akufo-Addo noted that it had become necessary to include the international community in the fight against galamsey, while adding "We are not against Chinese or any other citizens, but what we are all seeking is to protect the integrity of our environment to secure a better future for the unborn generation."
The media coalition, which is a collaborative effort of state-owned media along with other civil societies and independent national interest groups, started the campaign to end galamsey, and find and push for the prosecution of the nameless individuals backing the activity with their resources.
The president at their gathering at the Flagstaff House last Friday, commended the coalition's efforts to educate and inform the citizenry of the need to support the eradication of the mining activity, and tasked them to push their fight till their desired result is achieved.
Meanwhile, the President has emphasized the need to provide alternative livelihoods for the galamsey miners, with a promise that his government is making efforts to create an economy full of opportunities that give new chances to these miners.
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