Pres calls on chiefs to join crusade against ‘galamsey’

The Queenmother of Acherensua presenting a gift to President Akufo-Addo.

The Queenmother of Acherensua presenting a gift to President Akufo-Addo.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on traditional rulers to collaborate with government to fight the ‘galamsey’ menace in the country.

He noted that the natural resources of the country was currently at stake with the massive destruction being caused to the environment, adding that the entire nation could no longer look on unconcerned to the phenomenon.

“If we are to protect our future we need to end illegal mining now,” the President cautioned.

President Akufo-Addo said these during a courtesy call on the Dormaamanhene Oseadeyor Agyemang Badu II at his palace at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region yesterday.

Touching on other issues, President Akufo-Addo said his government intends to build strong partnership with nananom to ensure speedy development of the country and appealed to Ghanaians to be patient with his administration.

He announced that 51 out of 260 factories his administration plans to build would begin in June this year as part of moves for the industrialisation agenda of the nation.

President Akufo-Addo promised not to discriminate against anybody, saying as President he was no longer the leader for any particular group of the Ghanaian people but for all.

The President expressed his deep gratitude to the Paramount Chief of Dormaa for the prayers he offered which secured him the Presidency and promised to honour the chief and his people with development projects.

Oseadeyor Agyemang Badu II on his part commended the President for the historic meeting he had with the formal Heads of State and urged him to continue to “tap in their wealth of knowledge” for him to succeed in his government.

The chief said the bold initiatives such as the one district one factory, among others, the President had so far rolled out, was an indication that he was ready to address the developmental needs of the people.

He pledged the support of his chiefs to the fight against ‘galamsey’ and called on the President not to back down on the crusade.

Earlier, the President and his entourage called on the Sunyanimanhene Nana Bosoma Asor Nkwiri to thank him for the support and prayers offered to enable him win the elections.

The President said the peaceful manner the Sunyani Traditional Council resolved their differences with the Regional Minister, Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh was commendable and appealed for their cooperation towards his government.

On his part Nana Bosomah appealed to the President to appoint a municipal chief executive who would work hard to facilitate the development of the Sunyani Municipality.

Nana also called on the President to address the perennial water shortage, which often occurred in the dry season, by constructing a dam to serve as a reservoir in times of need.

On Wednesday, the President visited Newmont Ahafo Mines at Kenyasi in the region to familiarise himself with the operations there and to solicit ideas to end ‘galamsey’.

From: Daniel Dzirasah, Dormaa Ahenkro

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