June 14, 2024

John Dramani Mahama

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has unveiled a stringent policy stance against illegal mining activities, popularly known as galamsey, particularly among his appointees if elected president in the upcoming December 7 polls. Mr. Mahama has pledged to demand the resignation of any appointee found engaging in mining, stressing the need for undivided commitment to national development roles.

Addressing the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, Mr. Mahama asserted, “None of my appointees will do galamsey.” He outlined his vision for a sustainable mining scheme to be implemented in all mining communities, distinct from the current community mining scheme.

Under this proposed plan, traditional leaders will play an active role in the licensing process to ensure effective regulation of mining activities. Mr. Mahama emphasized that this approach would differ significantly from the existing community mining scheme, which has often served as a channel for enriching party chairmen, District Chief Executives (DCEs), and politically connected individuals.

“In my government, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and you undertake mining activity, I will ask you to resign and go and do the mining. You either choose to be a public official or choose to be a businessperson running a mine,” Mr. Mahama declared firmly.

This bold stance reflects Mr. Mahama’s commitment to combating the pervasive issue of illegal mining in Ghana while ensuring transparent and accountable governance in the mining sector. By prioritizing sustainable mining practices and holding public officials accountable, Mr. Mahama aims to address the environmental degradation and socio-economic challenges associated with galamsey.

As the December 7 polls draw near, Mr. Mahama’s stance on galamsey is likely to resonate with voters concerned about environmental sustainability and good governance. His policy proposal underscores the NDC’s commitment to responsible resource management and equitable development in Ghana.

Source: GNA

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