- The MP, Sampson Ahi stated that several people secured machinery with cash obtained as loans from financial institutions in order to engage in the galamsey business
- He added that it was as a result of the president's campaign promise to enhance the work of illegal miners
Honourable Sampson Ahi, the member of parliament (MP) for Bodi has stated that Ghanaians have every right to hold the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo, responsible for lives lost in the fight against illegal mining.
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He stated that the president deceived the illegal miners in order to win power, because, prior to the elections, he assured them of the continuity of their work.
The president is reported to have been captured on record, during the 2016 electioneering campaign, that he would ensure that they operate in comfort, so they can earn a living.
He reportedly added that he would do all he can to regularize their operations when he assumes office.
He also added that he would ensure the protection of farmlands and water bodies that are negatively affected as a result of the mining activities.
It however appears as if the president ignored his 2016 campaign message and has, since he assumed office, focused his attention on eliminating galamsey.
There is currently a ban on small scale mining, as well as a pause in the issue of new mining licenses.
President Akufo-Addo is also on record to have stated that the would press on with the fight against illegal mining, even of it costs him the presidency.
A combined force of military and police personnel were recently tasked with the job of clamping down on the activities of the illegal miners.
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One person was reportedly killed in a clash between the security personnel and the miners.
The MP mentioned that a number of young people were encouraged by the president’s promise to focus on building the galamsey industry, and therefore secured machinery through the acquisition of loans from financial institutions.
Therefore, for the president to turn around to fight their industry was nothing short of a betrayal.
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