The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfuor, has insinuated that the palace of the overlord of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area will soon be invaded by illegal miners with excavators in search of gold should illegal mining continue in the area.
According to the regional minister, the rate at which illegal miners have degraded lands and polluted the Birim River in Kibi, leading to complete shutdown of the Kibi Water Treatment Plant for about a month-and-a-half now, is very troubling.
Mr. Darfour, worried about the situation, told a gathering at the official opening of Highways Shell Fuel Filling Station in Koforidua-Abrewa-Nkwanta in the Eastern Region that he once told the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin that if care was not taken his palace would be invaded by illegal miners, hence the need for all chiefs and Ghanaians to support the fight against the menace.
The minister said despite the environmental degradation by the illegal miners in Kibi, two chiefs in nearby communities Apapam and Adadietem, have been able to protect their lands from illegal mining, which shows that chiefs who are the custodians of the land could help preserve the land.
He explained that the fight against galamsey does not mean the government is against mining. He said the government wants mining to be done in environmentally accepted processes.
The chief of Aburi, Otubuor Gyan Kwasi, who was the chairman for the programme, advised chiefs and politicians who are behind the galamsey activities to desist from that to preserve and conserve the environment for future generations.
Source: Daily Heritage