Asantehene’s Warning To Chiefs Involved In Galamsey

Otumfuor Osei Tutu II. Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.

Galamsey, for some time now, has become the cardinal subject agitating the minds of Ghanaians, following the unimaginable level of destruction visited on our forest and the pollution of the water bodies.

While Ghanaians should have been feeling more assured by the latest attempt of the government, especially the new minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, they are even more apprehensive because government officials and members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are neck deep in the activity.

The latest to add his voice to the menace is the overlord of the Ashanti kingdom, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.

Speaking at a Regional Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining, Wednesday, the Asantehene noted that critical steps must be taken to rid the country of the phenomenon irrespective of the personalities involved.

"On my part, I have already warned my Chiefs and elders against participation in such illegalities and I will not hesitate to strongly sanction any such infraction. Already I have had reports on some things happening at Amanse, the Fomena area and I will be investigating that to see what is happening," he said.

The pronouncement by the revered King, is another reason to be optimistic that the fight would be won.

In the opinion of this newspaper, the galamsey issue, is a matter that should be taken by all stakeholders, with all the seriousness it deserves.

Enough of the talking and tokenism, this is the time for real action. Asantehene, should name and shame all the Chiefs in his Kingdom, who are promoting the illegal activity within their jurisdiction.

It is imperative, in our view, to stress that what is needed now is a concerted effort on the part of everyone to assist in the fight against galamsey.

According to the King "The need to actively involve traditional authorities in this effort is absolutely imperative as they continue to be the custodians of our communities across the country.

"The current system where licensing for concession is given out before consulting traditional authorities is dysfunctional and must be revised. It is my considered view that it would be most prudent to consult traditional authorities before licenses for concession are given out".

For the uninitiated this is another talk shop from the Asantehene, but as a newspaper, we have confidence in his ability and capacity to walk his talk, we only hope the government will listen to his wise counsel and act accordingly.