Illegal mining has severely harmed the environment, especially water bodies, forest preserves, and agriculture. It has also put food security at risk, which may have had devastating socioeconomic effects.
On Wednesday, October 5, President Akufo-Addo met with the National House of Chiefs at Manhyia Palace to discuss ways to fight illegal mining activities across the country.
On this move, the Former Member of Parliament for Tempane constituency in the Upper East Region, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has urged the government to issue a state of emergency as soon as possible in mining areas to fight galamsey activities.
In a recent Facebook post cited by Adolfmedia.com, the Former Deputy Attorney General expressed his wish for a more resolute government in the face of the menace.
Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka further clarified that greed is the cause of the ongoing interest in illegal mining.
“Greed is the reason why galamsey is destroying our dear country. We have underestimated and under-reported the level of devastation.”
“Those thwarting the efforts of government should bow their heads in shame. I suggest a declaration of State of Emergency in mining communities without further delay,” he wrote.
Below is his post