This newspaper recalls the statement made by president Akufo-Addo, in 2017, when he said in an address to a gathering of traditional leaders drawn from different parts of the country to a two days workshop on galamsey that, "I have said it in the Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my Presidency on the line on this matter."
According to him, many people had said he needed to proceed cautiously, since the people involved were the same people who had voted him into power, and that should he take such a decision against them, they would not vote for him in the next election.
The president, has failed to live up to this promise. It is from this perspective that we begin to assess the pronouncements and actions of the minister of Lands and Natural resources, Abu Jinapor, might kjust be a nine-day wonder.
Illegal mining popularly known as galamsey, is the most glaring and much talked about issue since 2017. The destruction of the forest and pollution of water bodies occur on a daily bases.
This is happening not because the security services and relevant state agencies are not doing their best to stop it, but because those involved are politically connected.
This newspaper appreciate the effort the new minister is putting in to stop galamsey, but we hasten to remind him that, the syndicate that is involved in galamsey, will not allow him to have his way, unless the president, is truly committed to the fight.
President Akufo-Addo, has been good on speeches, at the just ended two days workshop organized by the ministry, he reiterated his commitment to stop galamsey, but when on to shoot himself in the foot, when he said, he was not going to act on hearsay.
The task of the minister is an impossible one, given the lack of commitment from the appointing authourity.
He has recently directed individuals and companies engaged in prospecting in forest reserves with or without legal authorisation, to suspend such activities until further notice.
This is a laudable idea and must be commended, but in the opinion of this newspaper, without the unanimity of purpose on the part of the president, the minister, political leaders, opinion leaders, as well as Chiefs, the minister, will only be fighting a lost battle.