The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has warned government officials and party officials involved in unlawful mining that they would face consequences.
Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer, told the media on Monday, October 16, that all government officials and party apparatchiks involved in illicit mining must be arrested, prosecuted, and punished.
He claims that this should be done “no matter whose ox is gored” as a deterrence.
According to him, if authorities refuse to prosecute those involved in illegal mining and “let them off the hook today,” they “will not escape the long arms of the law tomorrow, because crime has no expiry date.”
He stated that the government would not make any progress against illicit mining unless arrests and convictions are completed.
“Fellow countrymen and women, our collective survival as a nation is at stake here. Our beloved country is fast losing its flora, fauna and water bodies. We are fast becoming endangered species due to the greed and selfishness of a few government officials, party apparatchiks and irresponsible persons who are recklessly engaging in illegal mining with impunity,” he added.
According to Mr. Gyamfi, the NDC cannot afford to remain silent and let this cancer grow.
He added that “if we close our eyes to the evil going on, we shall all bear the consequences of the actions of these miscreants who are destroying our water bodies, lands and forests like there is no tomorrow – all in search for gold to satisfy their selfishness and greed.”
In light of this, Sammy Gyamfi asked Ghanaians to pay close attention to the ‘galamsey’ probe.
“We cannot and must not accept any shoddy investigation or farcical attempt to whitewash those responsible for this evil” he stated.
As a result, the party urged the media to join forces in demanding responsibility from public officials, while also commending the media for its outstanding work in this respect.