Programme Specialist (Development Minerals) at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Richard Ellimah has criticized the government of Ghana for failing to muscle the politcal will to fight the menace of illegal mining, which is popularly known as galamsey. According to him the series of talkshops on the matter of galamsey is a wasteful and must be reconsidered.
Mr. Ellimah indicated that government may organise various stakeholders to dialogue on solutions to eradicating illegal mining from the country, yet desired outcome won't be realised if it fails to make recommendations actionalable.
Mr. Ellimah questioned if there had been any concrete gains made over the years with this approach. He stressed that the financiers if these illegal operations are state actors and party financiers, and thus urged the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reflect on these matters and act courageously to nib it in the bud once and for all.
"Mr President, everyone gathered at the Conference Centre knows the solution to the "menace" of galamsey. Politicians, chiefs, academics, CSOs, mining companies, etc know how we can end this. So what is the missing link? Political will.
"Courage to prosecute the party financier who is involved in galamsey. Courage to prosecute that powerful Omanhene who gives out land to Chinese illegal miners. Courage to dismiss and prosecute MMDCEs who soil their hands with galamsey money. Do we have that courage? If we don't, then we're just wasting time and resources!"
His remarks comes after yesterday's stakeholder dialogue on galamsey that was held in Accra. The President and his decor ministers and other stakeholders convened at the event to reflect on how the menace of galamsey has been handled since the lifting of the ban.
And again a renewed commitment made to protecting the environment and the country's natural resources.
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