“Don’t Engage in Galamsey” Bono Minister Warns MMDCEs
The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene says, ‘Galamsey’ and illegal lumbering has become a crucial national canker which needed collective efforts to end the menace.
This according to her, when achieved would help preserve water bodies and forest reserves to promote development and boost tourism in the country.
To achieve this, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, has warned all MMDCEs and other appointees that her outfit will deal strongly with anyone caught meddling in the affairs of illegal mining and illegal lumbering in the region.
She gave the warning when she stormed some Galamsey sites in the Banda District as part of the war she has waged against illegal lumbering and illegal mining in the region.
Justina Owusu-Banahene said MMDCEs as representatives of the President in their various areas should not engage in anything that will thwart the efforts of the President in his quest to fight Galamsey and illegal lumbering and appointees who act on the contrary will be dealt with severely.
She emphasized that just like fighting anything illegal, the fight against galamsey required the support of all to stem it, if not, “the country and the next generation will be the biggest losers.”
“We have come too far in the fight to stop here for a few greedy miscreants to hold the entire nation to ransom. Our very lives depend on the complete success of the campaign against galamsey and illegal lumbering”, she noted.
She called on the media to continue doing their part by speaking against galamsey and illegal lumbering and the citizenry must also play their role by reporting people who engage in the nefarious activity while the government will ensure they are properly prosecuted.
Together with the security task force, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene as part of the war against illegal mining and lumbering, arrested, a 36-year-old man suspected to be one of the most notorious illegal miners at Wamfie in the Dormaa East District.
Kofi Damoa a.k.a "Alla" who is alleged to be housing and sponsoring these illegal miners was arrested together with one accomplice Stephen Ansu at one of the galamsey sites closer to his house at Wamfie, a search at the house revealed two local guns, cartridges, pumping machine among other tools.
According to the minister, the regional operation against illegal lumbering and illegal miners is in fulfilment of the President’s directive to end the menace in water bodies and other areas in Ghana.
She has therefore challenged traditional rulers and other stakeholders to take a lead role in government’s renewed fight against illegal small-scale mining, saying as a country, “we cannot destroy our rivers and forest reserves for the sake of few people making money”.
The Minister explained that, the decentralized galamsey fight and illegal lumbering called for all stakeholders, including chiefs, municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) and residents of mining and forest communities, to play their part to safeguard the environment from further destruction.
Let us raise our voices by joining the campaign against ‘galamsey’ and educating others through social media platforms and face-to-face to end the menace. We cannot turn back the hands of time, but we can grow trees and green our cities. So I urge all of us to join this call and win this together, If I fight alone, I cannot win; but if we fight together with one spirit, we shall win,” she said.