West Africa Tour Akufo-Addo meets Ouattara to discuss galamsey and maritime dispute

The destruction of water bodies in Ivory Coast through the activities of illegal miners (galamseyers) in Ghana and the maritime dispute between the two countries are expected to dominate the discussions between Akufo-Addo and Alassane Ouattara.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to begin a two-day working visiting, after visiting Togo and Burkina Faso.

The destruction of water bodies in Ivory Coast through the activities of illegal miners (galamseyers) in Ghana and the maritime dispute between the two countries are expected to dominate the discussions between Akufo-Addo and Alassane Ouattara.

Ivory Coast has accused Ghana of using the development of its oil industry to annexe the territory which does not belong to it.

Prior to President Akufo-Addo's visit, a powerful delegation from Ivory Coast called on President Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House to express concern about the constant pollution of some of their water bodies due to Galamsey activities in Ghana.

The Nana Addo-led government has faced intense pressure from the media and the general public to clamp down on galamsey.

The government has promised to do all within its power to fight the menace which is destroying major water bodies in the country.

Watchers of the sector have further predicted that Ghana may soon be importing water from neighbouring countries if the menace is not tackled.

The Galamsey menace has also led to the destruction of many farmlands, which serve as livelihood for a number of families.

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