Three (3) Ghanaian citizens have petitioned the United Nation’s Secretary General Mr. António Guterres for the removal of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates as a Co-Cha
The petition contain accounts of events that exposes the President as being complicit in the fight against illegal mining known popularly as Galamsey which has proven inimical to our water bodies and the climate.
The United Nations, under Goal 6 of the SDGs has set out to provide a world in which there is safe access to water at the most affordable cost to every citizen across the globe. Under its Goal 13, the UN commits also to a safer climate.
The petitioners Elikem Kotoko, Stephen Kwabena Attu and Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese, have noted that the actions of officials, have resulted in polluting water bodies in some parts of the country. Reports have indicated how a section of the Ghanaian population risk not having access to safe water in a few years to come if the activities of illegal miners are not checked.
In recent times, there were revelations to the effect that party officials, members, and government officials, are deeply involved in Galamsey activities that have proven dangerous to the future of the people of Ghana.
We recall how the President, somewhere in 2017, committed to the fight against illegal small scale mining and had placed his presidency on the line to fight it.
Following the revelations of involvement by his party officials and appointees in the entire galamsey set up, the President has not taken any action to reprimand any of his appointees.
Indeed, following the exposé by Tiger Eye of Mr. Charles Bissue where he was captured on video taking bribe to compromise the fight against Galamsey, the President would have been expected to crack the whip and to set example to others. Unfortunately, Mr. Bissue has been cleared of any wrongdoing and brought back to his position at the seat of government.
The petitioners are of the firm view that the president has shown lack of will to fight Galamsey and fight all its related corrupt practices which has proven potent to erode the Goals 6, 13, 14 and 15 of the UN SDG Goals.
As a Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates, the petitioners believe President Nana Addo was supposed to be a living example to other of his compatriots and counterparts. According to them, the president has proven unfit for reference by his counterparts across other parts of the world as committed to the realization of the SDG goals.
The petitioners believe that his removal from the position as a Co-Chair, would send strong signals that the United Nations is highly committed to the defined goals, and is unwilling to entertain individuals members whose actions or inactions are defeating the purposes they have set out to achieve under the SDGs or will compromise the goals in any way.