STMA: Minister bemoans rampant ‘galamsey’ activities
|Paul Evans Aidoo(Reg Min)|| |
The Western Regional Minister Hon. Paul Evans Aidoo has expressed worry with the rampant illegal mining activities (Galamsey) in the Western Region.
He explained that the activity had a high security threats and complications, with its attendant problems like forest degradation and vast lands which might be depleted, as a result of the operations of these individuals in such business.
He added that water bodies are consequently polluted whiles dangerous abandoned pits are left uncovered posing risk to the people living in those areas.
Mr. Paul Aidoo made the observation during the opening ceremony of a four day policy fair held at Essipon Sports Stadium in Takoradi in the Western Region which was organised by the Ministry of Information.
The programme was aimed at bringing all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDA’s) under one roof to showcase their projects, programmes and activities to the general public.
The programme among other things also had the objective of showcasing government policy implementation and achievements.
In attendance were various dignitaries like Members of the Council of State, Ministers of State Parliamentarians, Metropolitan Chief Executives, Municipal Chief Executives together with their Coordinating Directors from the various District Assemblies, Information Services Officers as well as the Chiefs in the region.
Mr. Paul Aidoo however noted that Policy Fair is an opportunity for (MMDA’s) and (MDA’s) in the region to interact with the general public to sell their numerous economic potential in Agri-business, Agro-processing, Mining, Tourism and the manufacturing and service sectors and also to create a dialogue between policy makers and implementers in the region.
The policy fair was held alongside with series of dialogues session whereby critical areas of importance and which had direct impact on the lives of the ordinary citizens of the Western region were discussed.
Awulae Attibrukusu III who is the President for the Western Regional House of Chiefs and the chairman for the occasion expressed his sincere gratitude to the N.D.C. government for the numerous achievements in the region within three and half years in office.
Daniel Akwasi Nuako/Ghanadistricts.com