The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, is doubtful about President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fighting illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
According to him, the President never cared about eradicating the menace.
He made his assertion known when discussing the topic, “the security implications of the failed galamsey fight” on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Thursday.
“I have no doubt that National Security was briefing the President everyday about this issue because it constitute a security threat for this country. But to the extent that this government has looked on for us to get here and now thanks to Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s report we’re getting to know that some people even in the Presidency are implicated in this whole phenomenon.
“So I think that the real conclusion one can draw is that the President didn’t and doesn’t care about galamsey and all the consequences associated with it, if he cared we wouldn’t be where we are at the moment,” he said.
His statement comes amid a report compiled by former Environment Minister, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng on the galamsey activities in the country.
In the 2021 report to the President which was leaked last week, Prof Frimpong-Boateng names senior government officials accused of active involvement in illegal mining.
According to him, the ‘galamsey’ menace goes as high as the government seat, Jubilee House.
Government officials who have been named in the report have, however, refuted the claims by undermining the authenticity of the report which Prof Frimpong-Boateng stands by.
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