The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Amansie Central District Hon Kwame Asamoah Boateng has dismissed claims that he is involved in illegal mining, also known as ‘Galamsey’ despite Galamsey ban directives from President Akuffo-Addo’s government.
According to Hon Kwame Asamoah Boateng, “I have never engaged in any galamsey activity and I have never supported the galamsey activities”.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Pure Fm’s Osei Kwadwo monitored by Ghtimesonline.com, Hon Asamoah Boateng said “I will never disappoint President Akuffo-Addo in the fight against Galamsey because I’m committed to the fight against the galamsey menace”.
“I have no galamsey or mining concession as some people have leveled against me. I have supported the fight against galamsey introduced by President Akuffo-Addo because the activities have destroyed farmlands and water bodies in Amansie Central District” Hon Asamoah Boateng explained.
“All the allegations have been purported by some people who are eyeing the DCE position to tarnish his name as well as his integrity. If you want to be DCE, you have to lobby for it but not to spread falsehood about someone just to destroy his/her reputation and integrity”.
The Amansie Central DCE added, “I was much excited when President Akuffo-Addo ban the activities of galamsey because illegal mining had caused extensive damage to the environment, especially water bodies and farmlands, and threaten food security with debilitating socio-economic consequences”.
“So far as I’m the DCE in this district, the Assembly will not shield anyone who involved in the illegal business regardless of their political persuasion or social status,” he said.
“We will not spare anyone engaged in illegal mining but allow the law to take its course to serve as a deterrent to others. We won’t shield anyone and I’m fully committed to the fight against galamsey.”
Hon Kwame Asamoah Boateng urged traditional leaders, Chiefs, and sub-chiefs in the district to support the government to stamp out the activities of illegal miners.
“These foreigners and Ghanaians who are engaging in galamsey to destroy our land and water bodies live in the communities with you. Some chiefs will give them the land to mine and places to stay as well then they will employ the people in the community. When the illegal miners, the chief, and the people in the community come together as a team to engage in galamsey, it will be very difficult for DCE to know there is ongoing galamsey in that community.” he said.