President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has stated unequivocally that it is not his government that will stop mining in the country.
According to him stopping mining has never crossed his mind since mining is a legacy that no one can erase from the country.
“Mining is one of this country’s biggest legacy…”. We have been mining even before the Europeans came. It is not me who will stop mining in this country. I cannot stop it today, i cannot stop it tomorrow. Those going round saying i want to stop it, it is not what i said, it is not what i can do”.
He however says much as his government supports mining the activity should not lead to the destruction of the environment.
Addressing a durbar of Chiefs and people at the Tarkwa Community Park in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality the President assured the gathering that his government will make sure mining is done in a sustainable manner.
To this end he re-echoed government’s MMIP program that is aimed at helping sanitize the small scale mining sector.
Western Region Minister Dr. Kweku Afriyie reminded the President and the NPP about the enormous support it enjoys from Tarkwa.
He stated the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality gave the President and the NPP the highest votes in the 2016 general elections.
Dr. Afriyie also mentioned the large deposits of mineral resources and the contributions done the economy of the country.
Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem George Mireku Duker pleaded with government to rehabilitate the Tarkwa to Benso road.
He says the road leading to the Traditional Capital for Wassa Fiase is in a deplorable state and not befitting.
Mr. Duker says when the road is rehabilitated it will enable scores of farmers transport their goods to the various market centers.
Describing the NPP government as a listening one he expressed the confidence the road will be given the needed attention soon.
The Acting President of the Apinto Divisional Area and Chief of Mbiase Nsuta under the Wassa Fiase Traditional Area Nana Adu Panyin II proposed that the Aboso Glass and the Bonsa tyres factories should be considered under the President’s One District, One Factory Policy.
He said the two factories during their active days provided employment for hundreds of residents of both the Prestea Huni Valley and the Tarkwa Nsuaem districts and revamping them will be of immense benefit.
According to him the Chiefs are aware of existing plans to revamp the two factories therefore it should not be too hard for the President to hit the grounds running with revitalization efforts.
Speaking on behalf of the Wassa Fiase Traditional Council Nana on behalf of the chiefs in the Wiase Fiase Traditional Area Nana Adu Panyin II told the President that the Council is eagerly waiting on him to roll out his policies. He also touched on galamsey activities, saying they commit their full support to the President and his minister.