I will sack any of my appointees who engages in galamsey – Mahama

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, says he will not hesitate to sack any of his appointees engaged in galamsey if elected as president in the December elections.

According to the former President, his appointees will be required to concentrate on their core mandate of developing the country.

Speaking at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, John Mahama said none of his appointees will do galamsey.

Mr. Mahama pledged that his his government would establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that will differ from the current community mining scheme and will deeply involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help properly regulate mining activities if he is elected president.

He stated that, “My mining scheme will differ in all forms from the existing community mining scheme, which has undeniably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs and other politically connected individuals”.

“Indeed, in my government, if you are a minister, a DCE or an official and you undertake mining activity, I will ask you to resign and go and do the mining. You either choose to be a public official or choose to be a businessperson running a mine”, ex president Mahama added.

George Maxwell Hayford

George Maxwell Hayford is a Ghanaian Journalist with over 21 years experience in the profession. His cardinal principle is that there is no neutral ground.

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