Task all MPs to stop illegal mining, group tells Akofo-Addo
A group calling itself the Patriotic Advocates for Truth, Peace and Development Ghana, a non- partisan pressure group, has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to task all MPs in mining areas to stop their alleged involvement in perpetuating illegal mining in the country.
A statement signed by the chairman of the group, Mr Isaac Kobbina Ochem, alleged it has evidence of the connivance and collusion of some MPs in the illegal act, hence they called on the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to task all MPs to stop their alleged involvement in illegal mining.
According to the group, they have observed in recent times that, the parliamentary select committee on mines and Energy which has an oversight responsibility of helping fight the illegal mining menace in our Country, appears to be complacent.
”Our worry stem from the fact that the Chairman of the committee, Mr. Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi, who also doubles as the MP for Odotobri Constituency in the Ashanti Region has failed to take action against illegal miners in his homtown, Homase in the Amansie Central District of the Region” they revealed.
They said, their checks revealed that, the illegal mining activities are done in the full glare of indigenes and the MP cannot assume not to be aware.
They said, they find this development worrying and an effront to President Nana Addo’s zero tolerance on illegal mining.
”Our fear is that if care is not taken, efforts by the presidential team at stamping out the menace will yield little results” they lamented.
Therefore suggested to His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to task all MPs in mining areas to put aside their political party colours and personal interst and support the president and fight against illegal mining in Ghana.
Story: Boateng Evans