The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Abu Jinapor, who is not naïve to what is happening in this country, having served as a deputy Chief of Staff, has indicated as one of his first task as minister to investigate the smuggling of gold out of the country.
His comments follow a JoyNews exposé which revealed how some security operatives and some politically connected individuals are complicit in a gold smuggling syndicate that illegally exports gold through the country's air and sea ports.
In the hotline documentary, dubbed 'Busted: The Gold Smugglers', JoyNews' investigative team revealed how gold is tucked under traditional woven slippers and smuggled out of the country.
According to the minister, "We are going to get the Criminal Investigation Department to conduct an investigation into this matter. The smuggling of gold is an illegality and a criminal act. So if we have a syndicate smuggling gold, it is purely a criminal act and the CID department must find a way of investigating this report.
"Also, the Precious Minerals Marketing Company and the Minerals Commission have tasked them to come up with reforms and strategies to ensure that we have a regime in Ghana that will make it difficult or even impossible to smuggle our gold out of our country.
Galamsey was and is still rampant that the government is literarily doing nothing, but pamper these criminals with security protection and in the process are getting emboldened by the day.
Not even the setting up of a committee headed by Prof. Frimpong Boateng, could stop the galamsey menace, which ultimately leads to the smuggling of gold.
The taskforce, instead of the task force being the solution, they turned out to be worse than the problem they were setup to tackle.
Excavators seized from the operation vanished into thin air and till date no one knows exactly how many excavators were seized and their whereabouts.
These activities are not something ordinary Ghanaians can be involved in; we all know the culprits and they are party apparatchiks of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In a video that went viral last year, Horace Ekow Ewusi, the suspended former Vice Chairman of the NPP in Agona West Constituency, is heard discussing with Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the then Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, how they can engage with some party folks on some mining concessions in order to raise money from the illegal activities to support the party.
As a newspaper, we appreciate the fact that Abu Jinapor may be speaking out of desperation. But we know all what he is saying are mere words, to appease participants at the launch of Green Ghana Day 2021.
Those smuggling gold out of this country are, to all intents, mere fronts for the real rogues, who are politicians.
If the minister is really interested in getting to the bottom of the issue, the logical step to take is to take the battle to the foreign scene by engaging constructively with the international community – the United Nations and Interpol for example, until then, what he is saying is only good for the marines.