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Akufo-Addo govt’s galamsey fight is a fraudulent one - Minority Leader

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has slammed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for their shambolic fight on galamsey.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson

He said the government’s pledge to fight illegal mining has been a sham.

Speaking on the leaked report on illegal mining compiled by the former Minister of Science, Environment and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng; he said the government has been complicit in the galamsey fight.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Forson said the revelation by Prof. Frimpong is strongly indicative that the galamsey fight was nothing but a charade. He plainly describes it as fraudulent.

“Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s report to the President on failed work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, which was set up by President Akufo-Addo to fight the illegal mining menace, confirms that the whole fight was a fraudulent one”, he wrote.

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The report authored by Prof. Frimpong-Boateng also a former Minister of Environment in March 2021 and handed over to the Chief of Staff cited a number of top officials in the Akufo-Addo government accused of either being engaged in galamsey or interfered in the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.

Dr. Ato Forson says, government’s action so far is a tacit endorsement of its corrupt appointees.

“It was shrouded in a well-calculated ruse to enable key government officials and functionaries at the Presidency to dabble in the very illicit business of galamsey.”

Meanwhile, the Minority leader is pushing for a full-scale investigation into the revelations.

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“The revealing issues and several others in the damning report call for a national probe”, he added.

The report authored by Prof. Frimpong-Boateng also a former Minister of Environment in March 2021 and handed over to the Chief of Staff cited a number of top officials in the Akufo-Addo government accused of either being engaged in galamsey or interfered in the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.

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