President Akufo-Addo has said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had given up on the fight for illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ when the incumbent government took office in 2017.
According to him, ‘galamsey’ activities was in ascendany across the country under the NDC administration and this canker was unbearable.
“When we came into office, ‘galamsey’ activities were rampant across the country. The previous NDC government had given up the fight. We deemed, however, that the situation was intolerable”
“After about a year of our fight against galamsey, we made some progress”
“It would be unrealistic to suggest that there should be no mining in Ghana. Our battle was not against mining itself. However, taking the minerals out should not lead to the pollution of our water bodies and the destruction of our forests,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said this on the floor of parliament when he made the State of the Nation Address in Accra on February 20.
His address is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana.
The address is to update Ghanaians on the government’s progress and outline plans for the next financial year.
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