The harm brought on by illicit mining, or galamsey as it is known locally, has been placed on President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The pair are ardent “collaborators and promoters” of the threat, according to the NDC.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Sammy Gyamfi, the national communication officer, charged that the government was shielding those appointed to do the wrong thing.
“Like many environmentalists and patriotic voices, the NDC is deeply worried and appalled by the extent to which President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Bawumia have gone to encourage and condone the destruction of Ghana’s environment.
They have been active collaborators and promoters of the ‘galamsey trade’. Their actions through their Attorney-General to continuously protect corrupt officials of the ruling NPP and the government, speak loudly. Posterity will never forgive them,” he stated.
Sammy Gyamfi’s response follows Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame’s assessment of the galamsey report by former Environment Minister Pro Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
According to the report, which the Police CID is looking into, several NPP leaders and government officials engaged in galamsey.
Despite the fear of legal action, the people, including Gabby Otchere-Darko, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the former Manso MP, Prof. Albert Quarm, and others, denied their claimed participation.
The report is now empty, according to Mr. Dame, who has requested the police to release everyone connected with the case—aside from three others—instead of bringing charges.
The NDC has warned that if elected to power, they will bring legal action against the authorities implicated since they saw the AG’s answer as a simple cover-up.
The party is still calling for Mr. Dame to resign immediately.