The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is questioning the relevance of District and Municipal Security Councils (DISECS) over their failure to fight the illegal mining (galamsey) menace.
According to the Asantehene, little has been achieved years after government launched the fight against illegal mining.
The Asantehene said the fight against galamsey has been poor.
He related that, traditional leaders should not be blamed for the current galamsey menace as they are not the ones responsible for giving concession given to these illegal miners to operate.
He said that, the law grants only the central government power to regulate mining activities so the various offices set up by the government should be able to regulate mining activities to put a stop to galamsey.
He also questioned the failure of the security agencies to successfully fight illegal mining in the country.
Asantehene, said for the president to put his job on the line for the menace to exacerbate to this level is something that demands a relook.
Otumfuo was amazed as to why government has representatives at the local level but cannot ensure the goal of ameliorating the canker is achieved.
He says District Chief Executives –who are also heads of the security councils and yet claim oblivion of galamsey activities in their respective districts are not worth their portfolios.
“From the district level to the highest level, we are all talking about galamsey. The government set-up a joint police-military operation to end it, why have we not been able to stop it until now?
“If we create a system where we say we will stop it to the extent that the President says he has put his presidency on the line and yet it is going on, then to me something is wrong somewhere.
“We need to know why this is happening. People know who are doing the galamsey because at the district level we have the political administration there.
“We have the District Chief Executive and District Security Council and there is galamsey going on in that district and you tell me we don’t know who is doing it? Then you’re not worth to be the district chief executive,” the Asantehene observed.
The Asantehene acknowledged the economic drivers for illegal mining operations, but says that should not supersede the environmental devastation.
He made the remarks when the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia E. Palmer, paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
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