Businessman Akwasi Addae Odike leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) believes there is a deliberate attempt by the Chinese to destroy Ghana’s lands in order to destroy the country’s major export which is Cocoa.
He claims the Chinese are looking at becoming the leading producers of cocoa in the world and therefore have planned to destroy what has been the backbone of the Ghanaian economy in order for them to take over as world leaders in the production of cocoa.
Against this backdrop, Odike indicated that the Chinese come to Ghana to engage in illegal mining by buying cocoa farms and destroying them.
“The Chinese have a plan to become world leaders in cocoa production so they have sent out their people to come and destroy our land so that we cannot produce cocoa anymore. They bring the cyanide which destroys our water bodies and in turn also destroys the quality of cocoa we produce,” he said.
He continued “now the people who used to buy our cocoa are rejecting it because the Chines have told them that we have cyanide in our cocoa now. It’s a strategy by the Chinese. If I was a President, I won’t allow these Chinese to come into Ghana”.
“They want to colonize Ghana economically but our elders don’t see it like that. They bring them money and they give out their lands to destroy it. Last year Ghana lost $16 billion worth of gold that was smuggled out of the shores of this country. Meanwhile, we are looking for 2&3 billion from IMF.
Our chiefs should have an introspection. If their forefathers left their lands in this state, will they have agreed to become Chiefs after they have died? Mining does not bring anything to the people. The places where mining takes place just suffer,” he said.