National House of Chiefs to discuss illegal mining

Mr. Amewu (seated second front left) interacting with Nana Agyensaim..

Mr. Amewu (seated second front left) interacting with Nana Agyensaim..

The Paramount Chief of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area and a member of the National House of Chiefs (NHC), Nana Prah Agyensaim, has said that he will court the support of his colleagues when the house holds its next meeting to add their voice to the fight against illegal mining in the country.

 

“It is my intention to raise this matter (illegal mining) at the next National House of Chiefs meeting. This matter is long overdue and we must overcome it and Nananom will add their voice to it soon,” he hinted.

 

Nana Agyensaim was speaking with journalists at his palace on Saturday when the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu called on him for his support in the ongoing campaign against illegal mining.

 

Asked why the house was yet to make its position known on the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, Nana Agyensaim said the House was only constituted this year and was still finding its feet.

 

Nana Agyensaim, who is also a member of the advisory board of Lands and Natural Resources Ministry said the effects of illegal mining on the environment was dire and that it was time it was brought under control.

 

According to him, the influence of traditional rulers in the fight against illegal mining cannot be underestimated.

 

“We are all guilty of this menace. It has been long overdue and the time is now to stop this canker. A country without water bodies and land is not a country and galamsey is destroying the land and the water bodies,” Nana Agyensaim noted.

 

The measures to fight the menace, he said must be serious and if that was done, there would be an end to the galamsey menace.

 

He said it was important people involved in galamsey understood the motive behind the campaign so that “we do not go into environmental crisis.”

 

“Let us all resolve to tell the truth, to stop the rot. There should be no argument about this.”

 

He said people championing illegal mining would find means and ways to justify the illegality but that must not be countenanced because the interest of Ghana must be paramount.

 

Mr. Amewu on his part said chiefs, as custodians of the land, were very important stakeholders in the fight against galamsey and must give their all to the government.

 

He lauded the support given by traditional rulers across the country, especially the ones in mining areas, and called on politicians and other stakeholders to emulate the chiefs and desist from funding galamsey activities in their respective jurisdictions.

From Julius Yao Petetsi, Assin Kushea

 

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