#StopGalamsey: Pledge to put my Presidency on the line was a simple truth — Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he still stands by his words to put his presidency on the line with a commitment to end illegal mining popularly called galamsey in the country.

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He said he was being truthful when he made that proclamation in 2017 to end the menace.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a meeting with the National House of Chiefs and Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives to discuss the problem of galamsey in the country which took place today, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Manhyia in the Ashanti Region, said he was being honest to Ghanaians adding that his determination to rid the country of galamsey has come at a cost to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He stated that the declaration to put his presidency on line was "neither bombast nor reckless" but one that was a "simple truth".

"Since I took office on January 7, 2017, nearly six years ago, I have made it a central feature of my presidency to lead in the effort to rid our country of this menace. Indeed, it was an important aspect of my inaugural speech of that day. It has not been easy and we have not got the immediate result that I was looking for.

"Indeed, in the 2020 election, my stance on the issue caused my party and I significant loses in the mining communities," he said.

He also called on Ghanaians to exclude partisanship in the fight against galamsey.

He said Ghanaians must fight the canker without any bias because it's a threat to our existence.

In 2017, the President addressing a workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders said he needed to proceed cautiously since the people involved were the same people who had voted him into power, and that should he take such a decision against them, they would not vote for him in the next election.

Rallying Ghana's traditional leaders together, the President said if there is one right thing to be done, that thing is for all to fight galamsey, reclaim the lands and leave for posterity a "green country" and a "clean space."

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