President Akufo-Addo started his Ashanti Regional tour of the country today and many expected him to address issues regarding galamsey. The Ashanti region is perhaps the region with the highest incidents of illegal mining. Despite the government claiming that it is fight galamsey, very little has been achieved.
Galamsey has gradually emerged as the most talked about activity. President Akufo-Addo on his assumption of office promised to put his presidency on the line to curb galamsey. Sadly, after 5 years, the country can be said to have gone worse from how it was in 2017.
President Akufo-Addo is currently on a 4-day tour of the country. Yesterday he was at the palace of the Asantehene where he touted some of the achievements of the NPP in the last 6 years. According to him, the Ashanti Region has seen so much development since the NPP came and the region should be grateful.
The issue of galamsey has become the most talked about issue in the past few months. Illegal mining has always been an issue but in the past few months many have spoken against destruction it is causing to the environment. President Akufo-Addo upon assuming office in 2017 promised to put his presidency on the line just to stop galamsey.
The media has been warned by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to avoid talking about issues that could encourage unfair competition between Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew. Because there is no competition between Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, according to Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the media should abstain from publishing such stories.
Start Destooling Your Sub-Chiefs If You’re Concerned About Illegal Mining – Dr Tuffour Tells Otumfuor
A Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast Dr Kwadwo Addo Tuffour has tasked the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to lead the fight against illegal mining in the Ashanti Region. Dr Tuffour says the Ashanti region has become a hotspot for illegal mining in recent times because the Chiefs are deeply involved.
Award-winning Ghanaian investigative journalist of the Forth Estate under the Media Foundation of West Africa, Manasseh Azure Awuni has described president Akufo Addo's meeting with Ashanti regional house of chiefs as a joke. He said president Akufo Addo's meeting with the House of Chiefs to discuss the fight against Galamsey at such a respectable is something that was not supposed to be allowed in the first place.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Overlord of the Asante state has been one of the vocal speakers against galamsey. In a number of commentary, Otumfuo has insisted that there are many chiefs and government officials involved in galamsey and noted that the fight against galamsey isn’t yielding fruits because of the involvement of certain powerful people in galamsey.
The recent circulating news that has undoubtedly raised massive concerns online aside from causing a massive stir, debates, and arguments amongst Ghanaians was when Otumfuo Osei Tutu finally responded to his invitation to mourn with the royal family over the unexpected demise of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
His Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has expressed concerns about national security issues in Ghana calling for support from the United States in terms of training for security personnel. He stated that peace is an important topic for advancement and even though chiefs hold non-political positions they play a role in contributing to a peaceful setting.
Following the Invitation of the Asantehene to the late Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, many Ghanaians have expressed mixed reactions. In light of this, PK Sarpong, a popular writer for the ruling NPP has asserted that, the Asantehene symbolizes everything Ghanaian culture. He is of the view that, it should bind us together and not to separate us.
Award winning Ghanaian investigate journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has eulogized the Asantehene for telling Akufo Addo the truth about Galamsey. He said Otumfour Osei Tutu II pointing out that Akufo Addo is the reason why the fight against Galamsey won't end soon is the boldest truth a leader can tell
This weekend's Hogbetsotso festival in the Volta region's Anlo state will be graced by the presence of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ashanti Kingdom's Paramount Chief. A sizable group of chiefs and courtiers from the Ashanti kingdom will accompany the Asantehene, who is the Special Guest for the celebration.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has questioned the security authorities' failure to combat illegal mining (galamsey) in Ghana. According to him, despite the government's numerous efforts and vows to eradicate the disease, galamsey is on the rise. On Friday, September 30, 2022, he made the statements while the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia E. Palmer, paid him a courtesy call at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, is doubting his chiefs' objectivity over unlawful mining. He questioned why the chiefs who fall under his authority have not spoken out against the environmental harm caused by illegal miners, especially to the water bodies in their regions, and have remained silent.
US Ambassador tells Otumfuo II Ghana is unable to fight galamsey because of the powerful force backing
The US (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, has encouraged the public authority of Ghana to invest more energy in the battle against the threat of unlawful limited scope mining ('galamsey') in the country. As per her, Ghana was not taking any huge steps in that frame of mind against the danger on the grounds that only the illegal miners ('galamseyers') are captured while the strong powers behind them are not arrested.
Asantehene can not go to Queen Elizabeth's memorial service regardless of invitation - Manhyia The leader of the Asante Realm, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, won't be available at the impending memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II. The Late Queen Elizabeth and Asantehene Osei Tutu II This has been affirmed through an authority correspondence shared by the Manhyia Royal residence.
The President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of his mandates in touring the Ashanti Region, visited the Asantehene at the Menhyia Palace. When addressing the Asantehene, Nana Akufo-Addo pointed out that the one thing almost everyone seems to be talking about during his tenure of office is the fight against illegal small-scale mining (galamsey).
The Manhyia palace have released statement stating that His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, will not be able to attend the events marking the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In an official communication to His Majesty's Household and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office dated September 15, 2022 on the subject RE: 211/2022 and sighted by Opemsuo 104.7 FM, His Majesty Otumfuo Asantehene can not attend the events marking the State Funeral.
Other Kings Are Begging For Invite But Otumfuo Has Declined The Invite To Attend The Queen's Funeral
His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, will not be able to attend the events marking the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The funeral is scheduled tomorrow, Monday, 19th September, 2022. According to Opemsuo FM, Otumfuo has humbly declined the invite.