My People Will Never Stop “Galamsey “, That Feeds Them- DCE Reveals
Naa Ayorkor Laryea
July. 31, 2020
President Akufo-Addo’s resolve maybe to stop illegal mining popularly referred to as galamsey but this vision of his is certainly not shared by all his appointees.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Amansie West, William Asante Bediako has vowed to support people who engage in galamsey in his District.
In a video circulating online, Asante Bediako is seen listing the benefits galamsey has brought to communities
Whiles addressing a gathering, bediako promised to protect his people from anyone who intends to deprive them of what he claims is their source of livelihood.
“One thing that has brought me a lot criticism is that I support galamsey. Why won’t I support galamsey. But for galamsey, there would be no storey building in Manso. But for galamsey, no son of this land would have bought a car worth 1billion. So if some people who are educated are pained that a galamseyer is making money, as for me Bediako this is what my town folks do to survive,” he said amid cheers and applause from the gathering.
“That’s why sometime ago I gave my backing to plans by some people to sell some stones belonging to the mines. Even the one in the soil, the whites have come for it so what’s wrong with you taking the ones that have been processed. I have been insulted on radio but I will not stop”, he said.
But the Member of Parliament for Amensie West Constituency Manso Adubea, Yaw Frimpong has explained the type of mining practiced by his constituent is ‘licensed small scale mining’ and not galamsey.
“If you are a stranger to the constituency or the district, and you see these people, you will think that it is galamsey but averagely, they are working around legal small scale mining. The president has also introduced community mining because you have to create jobs for the communities”, he said.