Former President John Dramani Mahama has accused the Akufo-Addo government for being neck deep in galamsey, casting doubts on the government’s ability to fight the menace.
He alleged that, government appointees are engaging in the activity and as such the Akufo-Addo lacks the political will to crack the whip and fight galamsey head on.
The former President says his observation proves that because President Akufo-Addo’s own people are neck-deep in galamsey activities he cannot crack the whip insisting District Chief Executives and other party executives were the persons engaged in the government’s Community Mining programme devastating forest reserves.
Mr. Mahama speaking in an exclusive interview with TV3 reavealed that he is surprised Akufo-Addo continue to hold himself as president after failing to deal with galamsey.
“Indeed, if we were in some other jurisdiction, he would have resigned by now. By his word, he put his presidency on the line, because now his own people have been found to be the ones engaged, all their party executives have concessions and are doing illegal mining in forest reserves,” he said in a television interview with TV3 on Monday.
It will be recalled that in 2017, President Akufo-Addo told Ghanaians that he was prepared to put his Presidency on the line in his quest to fight illegal mining.
Addressing a two-day workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders drawn from different parts of the country, the President said: “I have said it in the Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my Presidency on the line on this matter.”