Galamsey Fight:  What is Needed From Akufo-Addo Is Political Will

President Akufo-Addo President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo, in his remark to open a two-day bi-partisan Consultative Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining, in Accra on Wednesday, called on participants to discuss illegal small-scale mining devoid of partisan politics, narrow and parochial interests.

According to the president "I am determined to enforce the laws on illegal mining no matter the subject, high or low. I will, however, not act on hearsay or mere allegations without more. I will not hesitate to act though where the evidence is hard before the police.

"And I will do so irrespective of the standing of the person or persons involved. That is the true meaning of equality before the law".

In the opinion of this newspaper, convening another dialogue on galamsey, is one conference too many. Following the hue and cry from the public, especially journalists, compelled the president in 2017, set up an inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

Over 500 excavators seized from the exercise by Operation Vanguard, went missing and were later sold to members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and found their way back to galamsey sites.

A video footage which captured Prof. Frimpong Boateng and the suspended vice-chairman of the NPP of Agona West in the central region, Horace Ekow Ewusi, discussing how concessions were to be given to party people, failed to get the president to act.

Ace Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, also s released another explosive documentary on the mining sector and the fight against illegal mining (galamsey).

The undercover piece 'Galamsey Fraud' captured Charles Bissiw accepting money in order to facilitate processes for a company to obtain a concession for operations in order to enrich himself at the expense of the country.

As a newspaper, we are compelled to embark on this seemingly historical journey following the recent comment by the president that, he won't act on hearsay to deal with people engaged in illegal mining.

In our opinion, what the President has been involved in over the years, is doing the same thing and expecting different result. The sad aspect of this situation, in our view, is that he has proved incapable of thinking outside the box.

For the president, making profound speeches is the only way to prove to Ghanaians that he is working.

But it is not working because well-meaning Ghanaians are tired of hearing him make empty statements and directives, which will never be followed through.

Instructively, convening another national dialogue to discuss issues on galamsey, will just be another jamboree and money- gulping exercise which the country can ill afford at this moment that Covid-19, has had a toll on the economy.