Sunday 22 October 2017

President's admonition to chiefs to stay away from illegal mining grabs media spotlight

President's admonition to chiefs to stay away from illegal mining grabs media spotlight
(APA 08/11/17)

The Ghanaian press on Friday focused on the advice of President Nana Akufo Addo to chiefs who are involved in illegal mining popularly called galamsey.

The Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, The Chronicle all focused on the story with the Graphic reporting that President Nana Akufo Addo took his campaign against illegal mining to the Central Region on Thursday with blunt call on chiefs to stop providing support to illegal miners.

The newspaper continued that President Akufo Addo pointed out to the chiefs that it was no secret that some of the chiefs were involved in illegal mining, adding that the fight against the menace would only succeed if the chiefs work hard to support the government.

"I can't stand before you and lie, we know that some of the Chiefs give land to illegal miners to mine," he declared.

According to the newspaper, President Akufo Addo gave the advice when he addressed the Central Regional House of Chiefs as part of his nationwide tour, which began last Monday.

Meanwhile, the illegal mining task force has come under severe bashing for killing innocent illegal miners and burning earth moving machines as part of their modus of operandi.

Ghana's Peace Council has condemned killing and burning of bulldozers by soldiers, who are cracking down on illegal miners.

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