President Akufo-Addo says it is about time the country had an honest conversation about menace of illegal mining, popularly known as “galamsey”.
“We have to talk about galamsey. We, who are leaders, owe it to the country to take the subject out of the party-political arena, and have an honest conversation about this menace to our future,” he said.
Speaking at the last State of the Nation Address of his first term on Tuesday (5 January 2021), President Akufo-Add said, “Indeed, there has always been mining in Ghana.
The problem we have is the use of modern technology that leads to the illegal methods posing serious dangers to our water bodies and health of our environment.
“The pollution of our rivers and water resources has been so acute on occasion that the Ghana Water Company is unable to afford the distilling of water to make safe drinking, we have to talk about galamsey…” he added.