Kennedy Agyapong, a flagbearer candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), claims that the campaign against unlawful small-scale mining, often known as galamsey, has failed owing to the vested interests of those who should be monitoring and regulating it.
He stated that certain ministers have been complicit in galamsey activities, denying development to regions, notably the Western region where gold is extracted.
He said that if given the chance, he would endeavor to make sure that mining profits go through the proper channels and aid in the growth of the area.
“What shows that we mine gold in the Western region? With bad roads, no development, and nothing to show. For me, if I am given the opportunity, I am going to regulate it (mining) to make sure that the money passes through the right channel,” he said.
He added “We get oil from maize and flour, but what are we doing as a country …but upon all these, we have people claiming to be ministers in the country but all they do is galamsey when they assume office.”
Agyapong cautioned that if he released the proof he had against ministries and specific individuals participating in galamsey activities, there would likely be mayhem.
“I didn’t come here because of that (galamsey issues) but if you want evidence, it will be able to have it in abundance for you, if I am to provide evidence, everyone will hide in their room,” he stressed.
Kennedy will run against Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Francis Addai-Nimoh for the position of NPP flagbearer.
The NPP has set November 4, 2023, as the date to choose a new party leader to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.