Fight On Galamsey Cannot Be Won Without Traditional Rulers–Asihene

Traditional Rulers

The Chief of Gomoa Brofoyedur and Asihene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Nana Esuon Abonyi Keats IV has called on all and sundry, especially traditional rulers to put their shoulders to the wheel in the fight against the galamsey menace which has destroyed river bodies and posing a serious health threat to Ghana’s environment.

Speaking to CapitalNewsOnline, he said the fight cannot be won just with political will, without the direct involvement of traditional rulers, as custodians of the land, they know every nook and cranny where galamsey activities are taking place in their area.

He however blamed successive governments for sidelining traditional rulers for far too long in the granting of permits and allocation of concessions to mining operators.

According to him, this development has turned to tie the hands of traditional rulers at their backs, as they have no power to stop any galamsey operator in their area because they have permits to back their activities.

He recounted the past when people in the community engage in surface mining without destroying the water bodies.

He, therefore, blamed the current situation on the introduction of heavy machinery such as excavators and Chanffan by some mining companies into the mining activities in the country.

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Nana Esuon Abonyi Kwata has also warned politicians to stop playing the blame games by pointing accusing fingers at each other and urged them to come together with a common solution to help win the fight against the menace.

He later expressed fear that Ghana may import even drinking water in the near future if an immediate solution is not found to address the menace.

Source: Robert Ayanful

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