TOTAL BAN ON MINING IS GOOD FOR NOW- PROF. AGYEMAN-DUAH

By Jerry Akornor 

Former United Nations Senior Governance Advisor Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah has lauded the directive by Lands and Natural Resources Minister Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor to place embargo on all mining activities including those with prospective licences. 

According to Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah, the ban will allow the sector minister to audit and revise already issued  mining licenses for remedy. 

Speaking on an Accra-based GHOne TV on Wednesday 28 April 2021, Prof.  Agyeman-Duah said "the appropriate thing to do is to place total ban on all forms of mining, revise the licences". 

Contributing to the debate, Former Ghana's Ambassador to Canada, Attorney General and Minister of Justice H.E Joseph Ayikoi Otoo said "putting persons with proven integrity at the forefront of the galamsey fight is crucial to winning the battle. Are those being sent to the ground men of integrity?"

H.E Joseph Nii Ayikoi Otoo insists "This issue where President Akufu-Addo was trying to resolve the galamsey matter and another Ex-President was promising to set free persons in prison custody for irresponsible mining in the name of electioneering campaign is unfortunate". 

Meanwhile, Founder of National Interest Movement (NIM)  Dr. Abu Foster Sakara has urged government to develop comprehensive strategies to tackle head-on problems facing Ghana including galamsey. According to the former CPP Presidential Candidate, "Ghana is yet to start from the first stage of industrial development even though the world is at the fourth stage and leaders out to be concerned about this worrying trend". 

On his part, Managing Editor of Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Junior says the failure of the galamsey fight is as a result of involvement of political heavyweights. Speaking on an Accra-based Metro TV, the veteran Journalist said "I feel very said for this young Abu Jinapor who has to be appointed out of many to tackle this old-aged problem".



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