Galamsey: Akufo-Addo meets chiefs, MMDCEs today
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to meet Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and the National House of Chiefs to discuss the menace of illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) in the country. The meeting is scheduled to take place at Manhyia, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, today, Wednesday, 5 October 2022.
Meanwhile, Pressure group OccupyGhana (OG) has called on President Akufo-Addo to declare a state of emergency in every mining area in Ghana, as part of efforts to fight galamsey.
The group wants parliament to be recalled from its vacation for the government to place before the house, the facts and circumstances leading to the declaration of the state of emergency under article 31(2).
“Considering the gravity of the situation, we fully expect Parliament to agree with the government and provide that the state of emergency should remain for such period as Parliament may determine so that the government can get a grasp of the situation,” OG said in a statement reminding the President on his promise to fight galamsey.
The group said it will use every Monday to remind the President of the need to fight galamsey that has destroyed the country’s water bodies and forest cover.