The government has within the past few days declared "Operation Halt II" aimed at removing all persons and logistics involved in mining on water bodies. In as much as I agreed with the government to some extent, the root causes of the mining must rather be tackled first and galamsey will automatically stop.
We are all aware the 400 Military Personnel deployed to carrying out this assignment of "Operation Halt II" has huge budget attached and it is a worry because as far as the root causes remain, the fight against galamsey can't be permanently won.
*The people are unemployed, the people are hungry, a lot of family pressures , unavailability of daily survival, hardships everywhere, high rental rates, astronomical increment in goods and services and corruptions at high levels to the detriment of the masses*; so if all these root causes are not tackled and you are rather giving fat budget out to fighting this galamsey menace, you are inadvertently creating more problems in the country than the galamsey effects.
It is no coincidence that children are killing other children for money RITUALS, daily armed robberies, contract killings for cash , high rate of frauds in the system and many more but as a result of those who are not allowed to doing the galamsey and their dependants fighting for survival, also the hardships in the country.
It is my plea and suggestions that the government as a matter of urgency should divert the budget meant for the" Operation Halt II" to setting up young entrepreneurs in agribusiness across the country.
Government should at least through Ministry Of Labour and Employment and Local Government set up *"Readily Available And Accessible Capital"* to giving employments and jobs to those willing to venturing into agribusiness to feeding the nation. This must be done without political affiliation and embezzlement from the very people setting it up. Transparency and Accountability must be the pivotal guides in carrying out this policy.
The country is importing absolutely everything,and if we can as a country led by the president and his appointees *fix these root causes* our lifestyles and attitude will automatically be fixed.
I know and believe any reasonable youth will opt for legal and well earning job and businesses to involving in galamsey menace, but due to aforementioned Root Causes, they have no option than risking their lives. Address those root causes and galamsey will stop permanently ,Mr President. The Operation Halt II can't be patrolling our water bodies and forests forever, and the resources we are wasting on them won't solve the problem permanently. *Rethink your priorities and Fix the Country*
Any serious government will first attend to the causes of a problem than solving the effects only, which can causing more effects than the obvious. You can't solve a problem by generating more problems, the government should rethink their decision and give us the best way forward.
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