Mr Sylvester Mensah, Former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, and a presidential aspirant for the National Democratic Congress in 2019 presidential elections has shared his thoughts on the measures taken by government to deal with the galamsey issue that has engulfed the nation.
According to government, the machinery being used by these illegal miners are to be seized and burnt into ashes.
We have already witnessed several instances where excavators that could be used for the purpose of nation building were burnt.
Reacting to the issue through his Facebook page, Mr. Sylvester Mensah stated clearly that the burning of these excavators by government is a clear demonstration of an insufficient thinking process.
He argued that, “considering this nauseous Bawumia economy with its self-inflicted epileptic power supply, one would have thought that this government, having dispossessed galamsey owners of their equipment, would put them to alternative uses to develop our communities and generate value for the economy.”
According to him, “a future NDC Government would not burn seized galamsey excavators — clearly, it is a lazy and reckless mindset.
Earth moving equipment can be put to many other important uses, in many communities in this country.”
There has been several views from the public objecting to the decision by the Akufo-Addo government to burn seized excavators.
While few people support the decision by the government, a lot of people believe that the Akufo-Addo government embarked on similar exercise in his first term of office and failed and that the government should rather think on a different approach rather than embarking on the same old action that never resulted in any positive result.