25.2 C
Friday, June 2, 2023


Galamsey: Charles Bissue explains what Akufo-Addo meant by ‘My presidency is on the line’

Related stories

Defence minister initiates nine military projects

The minister of defense, Dominic Nitiwul, and Lu Kun,...

6 died in Gomoa Okyereko accident not 16 – NRSA clarifies

Contrary to the previously reported figure of sixteen fatalities,...

Until we are paid, we won’t stop picketing – Pension bondholders to Finance Ministry

Pensioners won't quit picketing outside the Finance Ministry, until...

Former Akatsi DCE, Nicolas Coffie, passes on

Former District Chief Executive for Akatsi under the Kufuor...

USAID renovates Upper East chiefs’ office

On Wednesday, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia and US ambassador to...

Kennedy Agyapong picks form to officially join NPP flagbearer race

New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer hopeful, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong...

Assin North residents laud Gyakye Quayson for road repairs ahead of by-election

Following the Electoral Commission's (EC) announcement of a by-election...

Joe Ghartey picks NPP presidential nomination form

Joe Ghartey, a former minister for railroads and development,...

Roads in new Kumawu may erode soon – Chamber of Construction & Industry

The newly constructed roads in Kumawu, in the Ashanti...
- Advertisement -

Former member of the presidential staffer, Charles Onuawonto Bissue, has provided his own interpretation of what President Akufo-Addo meant by ‘My presidency is on the line’ regarding his readiness to fight illegal mining (galamsey) in the country.

In July 2017, President Akufo-Addo stated that he was committed to putting an end to the menace.

- Advertisement -

He told some traditional leaders in Accra that “I have said it in the Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my Presidency on the line on this matter.”

This comment has since resonated with the citizenry as government launched an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining to take up the fight against the canker.

- Advertisement -

But over the past two weeks, a leaked damning report depicting an ill-fated fight on galamsey, authored by former Environment Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who doubled as the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (ICIM), alleges top officials at the Jubilee House, seat of government, were themselves engaged in the illegality.

In the wake of the uproar that has greeted the report, a section of the public has told the President to put his money where his mouth is with reference to his 2017 ‘oath’ to put his presidency on the line.

- Advertisement -

The unofficial verdict out there is that in the fight against illegal mining he has not achieved its target, and at best, has failed.But speaking on PM Express on Joy TV on Tuesday, Charles Bissue, himself a former secretary of the erstwhile committee on illegal mining, said the President’s comments were not to be taken literally.“That was a figure of speech… meaning that I want to deal with this matter,” he said on JoyNews.


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories