…Threaten To Vote Against NPP Next Elections
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been entangled in his own web of deceit, as one of his numerous fake campaign promises during the 2016 elections becomes a banana peel.
Courtesy, a voice clip now trending on social media, the President is exposed to be conflicted on the issue of galamsey, as his recent avowal to end illegal mining proves to be a u-turn of his position on galamsey, when his party was in opposition.
The voice clip, which has also hit radio airwaves, features an episode of the President in his element as a grandiloquent promise maker, with Akufo-Addo clearly heard telling voters in the Western Region that he would never end galamsey as President.
“The NDC people are all about Ghana, that I, who is seriously looking for ways to create jobs for our young men and young women, that if I come (become President) I will stop galamsey
“There isn’t a single iota of truth in it at all. It is not true today, neither will it be true tomorrow,” then NPP Presidential Candidate Akufo-Addo had said in fluent Twi to wild applause from voters at a campaign ground in the Western Region last year.
This was on the 2016 campaign trail, when then candidate Akufo-Addo had used every single issue, including galamsey, to score cheap political points against the then ruling NDC government.
Fast forward to April 2017, however, and the same Akufo-Addo, who swore in the Western Region that galamsey would not be stopped, is vowing, as President, in Kumasi, that his government will use every means possible to end galamsey.
“We need a comprehensive policy which may even involve legislation,” he had said.
In fact, President Akufo-Addo had added that his government is actually already working on a document to that effect.
This swift u-turn on galamsey has come as a grand betrayal to illegal miners around the country who had massively voted for Akufo-Addo and the NPP during the 2016 elections because of the promise. And the sharp u-turn is happening in less than one year!
The betrayal to galamseyers, however, comes to dovetail a long list of broken promises that the NPP government has already hang on its own wall of shame in less than six months in power.
Among others, a campaign promise to allocate $1million to all constituencies in Ghana every year has swiftly been changed into a promise to allocate the $1million every four years.
A grandiloquent promise to make Senior High School education free for all Ghanaian children has since also been modified into a policy in which only very intelligent students get to benefit from free SHS as a form of scholarship.
Even so, the long term outlook on Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS indicates the promise will be a pipedream because clear funding for the programme is yet to be secured five years after it was first promised in 2012.
Also, a promise to build a factory in every district in the country is shaping up to be pie in the air because the NPP’s promise to get the private sector to build the factories seems to be failing, with the expected interest from the private sector not coming up.
Other promises to reduce rent, high electricity cost and high fuel prices have all been failed with fuel prices going up at least twice in just the first three months of the NPP in office.
Meanwhile, galamseyers around the country, who had been hoodwinked by Akufo-Addo’s promise not to ban it during the 2016 campaigns to vote the party into power, say they feel betrayed.
In recent media reportage on the issue, following the formation of a media coalition against galamsey, the galamseyers have told the Akufo-Addo government to the face that they will not stop galamsey as illegal mining is their only source of livelihood.
Galamseyers in Akwatia in the Eastern Region have since warned that if Akufo-Addo dares to follow through with the threat to end galamsey, they will organize and massively vote against his NPP party in the next elections in 2020.
Illegal mining, aka galamsey, has been trending very much nowadays, following the formation of a coalition of media houses to fight the menace which has polluted many water bodies and degraded the environment in Ghana.
At the launch of the media coalition on April 4, which is an initiative of the Graphic Communication Group and the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, had waxed lyrical on government’s happiness with the coalition, saying President Akufo-Addo has no excuse but to ban galamsey since the media is firmly in support of such a ban.
It is while a three week ultimatum by Lands Minister, John Peter Amawu, is just exhausting that President Akufo-Addo’s voice clip on his promise not to ban galamsey, when he was the NPP’s flagbearer in the 2016 elections, has come up.
In the clip, he touts galamsey as an important source of employment to the youth that he would never stop as President.
Interestingly, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, was a member of the Akufo-Addo campaign team which had been in the Western Region when Akufo-Addo promised to never stop galamsey.
The formation of the media coalition against galamsey had been provoked by warnings from the Ghana Water Company that if illegal mining is not stopped, Ghana would be constrained to import water from abroad by 2020.
This, it said, is because galamsey practitioners use many dangerous means, including the application of cyanide, to extract the gold, techniques that are destroying water bodies of the country at an alarming rate.
Already, the Tano River in the Brong Ahafo Region has dried up for the first time in 40 years, as a result of galamsey. The Ankobrah River in the Western Region and Birim River in the Eastern Region have also been muddied due to persistent mining in them.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels