Stop supporting galamsey - President tells chiefs

Nana Akufo-Addo noted that his administration will not tolerate galamsey, and he believes that the chiefs could help in the campaign against the menace.

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Nana Akufo-Addo made this plea while addressing the Central Regional House of Chiefs.

He noted that his administration will not tolerate galamsey, and he believes that the chiefs could help in the campaign against the menace.

“With all due respect, I know some of you [chiefs] are behind the galamsey activities in Ghana. If I came here and didn’t speak the truth, then my coming here would have been in vain.”

“I will not sit and watch and let some people destroy the environment – no way.  I will not. For the sake of our future and generations yet unborn, please stop it. We can’t let this activity continue. Whatever government will do to ensure that this illegal mining ends, we will do,” the president said.

The government, in its fight against illegal mining in the country recently deployed an anti-galamsey task force.

The “Operation Vanguard” is made up of 400 security men from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Police Service.

The team has been divided into three groups to cover the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions.

They have been asked to stay at their assigned regions until all forms of illegal mining have been stopped.

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