Fierce critic of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwame Asare Obeng has alleged that for fear of losing this year’s presidential election, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has allowed powerful members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to carry out illegal mining(galamsey) unhindered.
According to him the
President who had promised to end
galamsey even it would cost him his Presidency, has had to abandon the fight
for fear of losing it in this year’s election hence the massive resurgence in
the practice which devastates the environment.
He made the comment following reports that by the Forestry
Commission that powerful persons are behind the more virulent recurrence of
galamsey especially in the Bekwai Forest Reserve in the Amansie Central
District of the Ashanti Region.
“The Forestry Commission says unseen powerful persons
are behind the resurgence of illegal mining in some forest reserves in the
One of such affected forest is the Bekwai Forest Reserve in
the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region, where illegal miners have
destroyed about 7 hectares of land.”
Please go straight to the point. NPP big men have taken over
concessions and are now the kingpins of galamsey. H.E Nana Addo is very much
aware of what is going on but he has been lied to that he would lose the
election if he continues his galamsey fight. Because he is more interested in
the next election than the next generation, he has turned a deaf ear, “he wrote
He wonders why the President would put his winning election
ahead of the future of the country.
“That is why I keep asking, Nana, at your age, what will happen if you save the environment and lose the next election?” He quizzed.
In 2017, the NPP government launched several initiatives to
fight the menace of galamsey but the efforts have stalled and galamsey is back
in full force.