Do not rake wealth at the expense of our natural environment

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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo advised Ghanaians not to chase the rich mineral wealth of the earth at the expense of our natural environment.

According to him, extracting precious minerals from the earth is not in itself a bad deed. However, when this is done without control, it damages our natural habitat, which is therefore bad for humans and animals.

He made this known during the National Small-Scale Mining Consultative Dialogue.

“Mining can create jobs, improve livelihoods and generate wealth, but it cannot and should not do so at the expense of the very environment that produces wealth.

We must recognize that Ghana is not only made up of humans, but also of soil, mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, lakes, sea and plant and animal life. Without them, we humans cannot and will not survive. We must recognize that the natural environment has a right to be here like us humans.

The President added that while there is nothing wrong with mining to develop our country, it is time to “rejuvenate our lands and take a close look at how we use the land; the time to revisit our agricultural and construction techniques and also the time to visit the question of galamsey ”.

The two-day national small-scale mining consultative dialogue at the Accra International Conference Center aims to solicit opinions, proposals and suggestions from various stakeholders in the small-scale mining industry, in order to develop interventions appropriate policies for the sector.


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