Both past and present governments have implemented several measures in curbing the fight against illegal mining in the country.
However, most of them have failed after investing heavily to prevent the activities of illegal miners. The river bodies remain turbid and some of the forests have been invaded by illegal miners.
One unique characteristic among the fight in all governments has been the deployment of the military to flush out illegal miners.
This action has been widely described as a failure since the illegal miners get back to the site after the military has left.
The seizure of galamsey equipment has also become very common in the fight with several excavators being confiscated over the years.
The main argument has been that the confiscated equipment sometimes find their way into the hands of politicians.
He alleged that they are grabbed as properties for the political parties. Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini further alleged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is now using confiscated equipment of the illegal miners as their party property.
Alhaji Bashiru Fuseini
“They go to the sight and confiscate equipment. Now it becomes difficult when the time for accountability arrives. They use this equipment as party property”. He noted.
He indicates that the fight against galamsey cannot be won if party executives continue to work behind the scenes. He says those political party members and big men involved must be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent.
“The real big fishes and culprits are the NPP Kingpins. From the national to regional executives most of them are involved in galamsey. I cannot mention names here but that is the secret. Those people must be brought to book, and be made to face the full rigor of the law. That is the kind of news Ghanaians want to hear”. He indicated.
He adds that if the party members involved in galamsey are not arrested, then the ordinary Ghanaian must be allowed to work in peace.
“Even if any executive of the NPP is arrested, mark my words nothing will happen to him. So then nobody can be used as the sacrificial lamb. That is why I think this fight will be a cosmetic piece. I hope Ghanaians will demand that the right and proper thing will be done”. He indicated.
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