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Gov’t has lost fight against galamsey – NDC

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Private Legal Practitioner and Member of the National Democratic Congress, George Loh has described the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ , as an ailing one.

According to the former Member of Parliament for North Dayi, several actions by government appointees against the fight have rendered it as fruitless.

Speaking on Citi FM/TV’s News Analysis Programme, The Big Issue, Mr. Loh said the Akufo-Addo led administration has lost the fight totally through allegations of corruption against members of the galamsey task-force.

“It looks like every other person except the government thinks they have done well. Apart from government which says we have done well, every other person says you have lost the fight [against galamsey] and the evidence is there. The evidence is there because day in, day out you have reports of persons engaged in galamsey. You have reports of even the taskforce on the ground being complicit in the activities and even the Anas tape came to corroborate this.” he said.

He further called for an overhaul of the Inter-ministerial Committee on mining together with government’s approach to the fight.

“It looks like we have not even dealt with the problem because after several months that Amewu had given deadlines and had eventually said they were taking steps, we have not seen any of those and yet we continue to hear that galamsey activities are still ongoing. I have no doubt in my mind at all that the government is not serious about the problem …They are prepared to sacrifice people who are involved in the problem so they get money.” he added.

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