The illegal mining menace referred to as "galamsey" in the local parlance is a blessing and a curse to the country. Despite the advantages of having a lot of people employed in this sector, the environmental destruction that it causes cannot be underestimated.
The government has committed resources to combat this illicit act and assured the citizenry of putting measures in place to curb the growing threat of illegal mining. The security agencies have actively been involved in clamping down on the activities of these miners in several operations across the length and breadth of the country.
However, it seems all efforts made have proven futile and the negative consequences can be seen and felt around us. The water bodies have changed colors, forest reserves are degraded and cocoa trees are cut down by unscrupulous people to mine on various farms.
The minister of Lands and Natural resources Abu Jinapor has attributed the failure in addressing the issue to some Chiefs who have also joined the illegal mining in the various communities.
Captain Smart the host of "Onua Maakye" on Onua TV this morning begged to differ with the assertions of the minister and posited that the minister has an ulterior motive to tarnish the image of the chieftaincy institution but he won't succeed.
He called the minister out and opined that the politicians have succeeded in infiltrating the security architecture of the country. They have also silenced the clergy and are looking forward to destroying the chieftaincy institution but he will not be successful.
"You know those actively engaged in illegal mining but you have chosen to play tricks on Ghanaians. You want to drag the names of Chiefs into the galamsey menace but you will never succeed with this one," he warned.
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