I can never abolish mining – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians that his government has no intention to formally put an end to mining in the country as believed by a section of Ghanaians.

According to him, mining is a Ghanaian heritage and has been recognised as important for the country’s economy even as far back as the 15th century.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 10th August, 2017, when he began his 3-day tour of the Central Region with a courtesy call on the Central Regional House of Chiefs, and addressed a durbar of Chiefs at Twifo Atti Morkwaa.

"Mining is part of our heritage. It is not under an Akufo-Addo government that mining is going to be abolished. I can never abolish mining. Those saying I am trying to abolish mining are just doing propaganda. Mining is an integral part of our country’s heritage," he said.

President Akufo-Addo explained that lands, water bodies and forests are also part of our heritage and his government cannot allow illegal mining to compromise the country’s environment.

'' I swore an oath before the Almighty and before Ghanaians to govern in accordance with the rule of law, and also to protect the territorial integrity of our nation. I am mandated by the laws of the land to protect our lands and water bodies," he said

The President assured the Chiefs and people of Twifo Atti Morkwaa of his determination to improving their living conditions, stressing that "you already have an MP, in the person of Abraham Odoom. But you have a second MP who is called Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo."



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