As part of Ghana’s efforts to stop illegal mining popularly referred to as Galamsey, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufi-Addo has pledged to see this menace come to halt.
According to Nana Addo, he will use all the powers vested in him as President of Ghana to see galamsey as a thing of the past by January 2025.
He made this revelation on Friday, April 23, 2021, when the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House.
Addressing the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council on thier visit concerning issues of illegal galamsey, Nana said;
“… I’ll put in a lot of effort into the galamsey fight for Ghanaians to know that I’m serious about the fight so that we can bequeath to the next generation the gold, water and other resources we inherited from our forefathers.
I intend to do everything within my power in this second term to bring this galamsey menace to a conclusion in Ghana,”
Since 2016, his promise has been unkept and it seems to be the umpteenth time he is making such a promise again.
Galamsey, derived from the phrase “gather them and sell”, is a local Ghanaian term which means illegal small-scale gold mining in Ghana.
Such workers are known as galamseyers or orpailleurs in neighboring Francophone nations.
In 2017, Nana Addo promised he will eradicate Galamsey in statement made on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, when he addressed the Ghanaian community resident in Belgium.
In one on his words in 2017, Nana Addo said;
“We are not trying to ban mining in Ghana. We cannot do that. The mineral deposits in our country are part of our heritage, and are meant to be exploited for the benefit of this and future generations,”
Deployment of the police and the military personnel in areas where illegal mining activities helped one way or the other to regulate small-scale mining activities by sustaining the environment.