By Frank Amponsah
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that his government has no intention of collapsing small-scale mining in the country but will ensure it kicks the illegalities engaged in by miners, and therefore will not be moved by threats of election defeat as far as his fight against illegal mining is concern.
He said government’s fight against galamsey is to enable government regulate activities of small scale mining across the country to curb the degradation of lands and save water bodies.
The president was speaking at the commissioning of Soabe Community ICT Centre at Akyem Wenchi in the Eastern Region.
The library was built by Prof. And Mrs. S.K.B. Asante to help ICT education in the community.
According to the president, “illegal mining, that is what I am against,” and stressed that “mining along water bodies cannot continue if we want to protect nature and our water bodies.”
He expressed sadness at the destruction of the various mining communities and averred that, he will continue to do what is necessary to bring development to the people of Ghana.
He pointed out that government is not against mining but is rather committed to ensuring that safe mining methods are carried out.
“This government is not anti-mining government at all but we are a government that believes that the current methodology that is applied in the process is wrong, cruel and wicked to human generations in this country,” he said.
He therefore indicated that government will ensure regulations that would bring an end to the illegal mining communities nationwide.
The president also charged the community especially students to take full advantage of the library facility so s to enhance their education status.
He commended Prof. and Mrs. S.K.B Asante for doing the community such honour and believed that the facility would be put to good use.
He also reiterated government’s commitment to implementing the free SHS policy for all children of school going age.
The Minister for Communication, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, on her part encouraged the youth in the area to take the Information Communication Technology (ICT) serious adding that through ICT you can discover a lot of things.
She submitted that her Ministry will extend such initiative to all communities across the country.