Pressure Group OccupyGhana has vowed to put pressure on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo till he fulfills his promise to stop illegal mining, commonly called Galamsey in the country.
According to the pressure group, it will head to court to shame government if it fails to stop the menace.
The group believes that the main problem with illegal mining in Ghana is the government’s “sheer inability, total unpreparedness, and, or blatant unwillingness to enforce the law.”
In an open letter to President Akufo-Addo, OccupyGhana indicated that it is dumbstruck at the government’s “absolute impotence, in the face of the brazen destruction of our lands and wanton poisoning of our water bodies.”
They strongly believe that the government has no excuse to fail in the fight against the menace.
The group pointed out that “Every law required to regulate the mining industry exists. Every government agency required in the police, the courts, and even the military) exists. Every district, municipality, and metropolis to enforce the law (namely the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Minerals Commission, in which Galamsey takes place has a fully-paid Chief Executive supported by an Authority and Assembly.
“What is going on defies reason and only gives support and credence to the popular rumour or belief that the very persons who should be fighting this crime, are rather those involved in and benefit from it,” saying that the President Akufo-Addo is failing and, betraying the trust reposed in him.
“Sir, can you simply ensure that the law, namely the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), as amended, is enforced without fear and favour and irrespective of whose ox is gored?”
“We will send a reminder to you every Monday until we see firm action to stamp this crime out. If that fails, we will shame your government by going to court to compel the government to sit up and do its job. That is not a threat, sir; it is a promise.”
By Vincent Kubi