According to Dr. Freda Prempeh, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, fighting galamsey—which ultimately concerns water issues—should not be left to a small group of people.
She clarified that the largest duties fall on the shoulders of all Ghanaians, not just traditional rulers and community people who are crucial to this.
In her initial interview with GhanaWeb TV’s Etsey Atisu as the minister of the sector, Dr. Freda Prempeh clarified that further measures need to be taken to protect Ghana’s water resources.
“I think I heard Dormaahene somewhere in the media saying that nobody can come to Dormaa and mine… and so you see that the rivers there are clean. So, we all have to put our feet down.
“It’s a collective effort. I cannot fight it alone; you cannot fight it alone, because if they come and we don’t give them access, if they come and we stop them, if they come and we report them, do you think they will continue to come? But when they come, we accept them because we think that we can make a penny or two from what they are coming to do, forgetting that we are contaminating – all those things are affecting our water bodies,” she said.
She also outlined some of the initiatives her ministry is taking to strive to maintain Ghana’s cleanliness standards.
Following the resignation of her predecessor, Cecilia Dapaah, and a court case in which she is attempting to recover almost $1 million purportedly taken from her Abelemkpe home by two house assistants, Freda Prempeh was named minister of the sector.
Watch the interview below: