The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Akufo-Addo which has declared war against illegal mining activities popularly known as ‘galamsey’ has come under attack for failure to live up to expectations in the fight as activities of illegal miners is said to be going on unabated in most of parts of the country’s forest reserves, especially in the Ashanti region.
Even though, the Government through the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Hon.Samuel Jinpaor insists they have made success in the fight, a group calling themselves “Concerned Youth of Asante ‘ has lamented about the continue destruction of our forest reserves as the government looks on.
Addressing Journalists in Kumasi on Monday,11th October,2021,dubbed “Meet the Press”,Nana Agyenim Boateng, the President of the group said Mr.President, “small scale miners in the Ashanti Region want to know why your party people continue to engage in illegal Galamsey activities in furtherance of the “Party hia sika agenda” whilst they have been asked to stop all mining related activities, notwithstanding the fact that,they have legal authorization so to do.
I was sad when I saw uncontrollable illegal mining activities ongoing at Manso in the Amansie West District when I attended a friend’s father’s funeral not long ago,he added”.
Nana Agyenim Boateng who is popularly known in the political space as Gyataba touching on other issues said Ashanti Region, as Ghana’s center of commence, continue to reel under the incompetent economic management of the Akufo Addo/Bawumia government occasioned by the recent introduction of killer taxes, unannounced increase in the prices of petroleum products, steep depreciation of the cedi and the closure of land borders with neighboring countries.
According to the group,these factors have conspired to raise the standard of living to unacceptable levels in the region and also create an unfavorable business environment leading to several Ashanti businesses either folding up or almost on the brink of collapse.
Adding that,the poultry industry in the Ashanti Region has been brought to its knees owing to the shortage of Maize which is a key ingredient in the preparation of poultry feed.The good people of Ashanti Region want to know what has become of the much touted “Planting For Food And Jobs” policy,which was supposed to boost the production of cereals of which Maize is an integral Part
Nana Agyenim Boateng addressing the Journalists in Kumasi