The issue of galamsey has emerged again as one of the most talked about topics in the country. The Akufo-Addo government has waged a number of raids to curb the illegality but so far nothing new has come from these measures.
After assuming office, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that he was ready to put his presidency on the line to stop galamsey. Years on and many feel these were just mere words.
Yesterday news broke that Queen Elizabeth, the longest serving British monarch had passed away. Elizabeth died at 96 after serving her people for 70 years.
The Queen is best remembered for her calm and her belief in a higher purpose of the Commonwealth of nations. Many leaders around the world are sending messages to console and commiserate with the Royal Family of England.
On Johnnies Bite today, Friday, September 9, 2022, Johnnie Hughes sent a strong caution to all the traditional leaders in the country.
According to him if they want to be celebrated and honored like Queen Elizabeth when they die then they need to live exemplary lives. Johnnie explained that no traditional leader who sponsors and supports galamsey will be remembered.
Johnnie blasted some chiefs in the country, especially chiefs of areas where gold deposits can be found for failing to develop their towns and cities. He called on them to take the example of the late Queen.
Though Johnnie refused to mention names, his message was clear and many Ghanaians could discern those that the message relates.
He threw shades at chiefs who foment trouble, sell lands, and involve in illegality just because they have power.
Government leaders and traditional authorities have denied their involvement in galamsey and yet the illegality continues to thrive in their domains.
It is interesting to know that there have been allegations about some appointees who also sponsor galamsey and yet nothing has been done about it.
The recent return of Aisha Huang and her arrest has compounded the issue and made many Ghanaian believe that the illegality has the backing of some big government officials and traditional leaders.