Minister of Parliamentary affairs and Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has suggested that Metropolitant, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) where galamsey are ongoing to be cut off from Common Fund.
According to the Lawmaker, this could help the government deal with the menace that has become a topical issue in the country.
The Minister speaking on Oyerepa FM’s urged government to be bold and withhold the fund.
He also urged government to involve chiefs in the fight against the galamsey as according to him, chiefs in these areas cannot absolve themselves from the menace.
“The chiefs cannot say they don’t know about the galamsey activities in their areas because they benefit from proceeds of the galamsey activities.
“The galamseyers often pay homage to them before proceeding to engage in such an activities, so I am suggesting that if we can deal with galamsey, then we must involve the chiefs.”he added.
“Government should also cut off Common Fund to MMDAs where galamsey is thriving,” he told the host, Kwesi Parker-Wilson.
Chiefs in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi recently banished Odike for comments he made alleging them to be complicit in galamsey in the region.
The issues of galamsey in Ghana has become topical in the country after Aisha Huang, alias Galamsey Queen who was deported in 2019 was rearrested in the country engaging in the menace.