Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Prof Emmanuel Martey has alleged that illegal mining (galamsey) flourished under the Mahama administration.
Speaking to Journalist today, Prof Martey said the Mahama led government identified the cause of galamsey but refused to deal with it irrespective of the indications.
“I don’t want to go into politics but it was in Mahama’s administration that this thing [galamsey] became worse. I met Mahama, we sat down and I complained about this galamsey. He told me that he was able to identify the Ghanaian who was bringing the Chinese to Ghana so they will deal with it. But rather, things got worse, so if the government will sit up and selflessly manage our country, this galamsey business will be solved,” Rev Martey said.
The Akufo-Addo government declared zero tolerance for galamsey right after coming into office. The anti-galamsey campaign led by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources John Peter Amewu has resulted in the termination of the practice across the country.
Also, a six-month ban has been placed on all forms of small-scale mining – both legal and illegal as the government takes measures to regularise the industry.
Rev Martey however, commended the Akufo-Addo government for fighting galamsey. “It is too early to say that the present administration is not doing well. In fact it is because they have come, and thanks to the media everybody knows that galamsey is a necessary evil which ought to be eliminated.”
Also Former Moderator Prof Emmanuel Martey also took a swipe the appointees of Nana Addo’s government saying there are some corrupt appointees in the Nana Akufo-Addo led government.
“NPP also has bad elements, even some of their appointees are not correct…they are corrupt.”