Yesterday 5th October 2022, President Akufo Addo met with the National House of Chiefs in the Ashanti region on issues of Galamsey.
Since assuming office in 2017, President Akufo Addo pledged to put his Presidency on the line to fight against Galamsey.
However, over the years this promise has proven to be a false one made by the President as his government officials and party members have all been caught doing Galamsey.
The worst point in his Galamsey fight was the missing of excavators seized during the operations of Operation vanguard. The supposed missing earthmoving machines found their way back to restricted mining sites owned by members of the NPP.
In reaction to the recent public outcry about how polluted Ghana’s rivers have become due to Galamsey, Akufo Addo met with The National House of Chiefs to deliberate how to deal with the menace in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi.
The first part of the meeting was made public and the media captures what the deliberation was about.
The last part was a closed-door meeting between President Akufo Addo and the National House of Chiefs.
It was in this closed-door meeting President Akufo Addo rather tried to blame the Chiefs as culprits in the Galamsey menace and not members of his government.
When he was referred by the Chiefs to how members of his government are deeply involved in Galamsey, Akufo Addo arrogantly said he is a lawyer of high repute and cannot take action against his appointees without evidence.
This infuriated the National House of Chiefs who felt the President was being petty and insincere about the Galamsey fight.
Because leading members of his government which includes the Ashanti regional chairman of his party Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Chairman Wontumi have been accused of destroying forest reserves and rivers with his Galamsey activities.
The closed-door meeting ended without a clear-cut path in the fight against Galamsey because President Akufo Addo was not prepared to admit his appointees and persons close to him are involved in Galamsey.
An important figure who never attended the meeting held in Kumasi with traditional leaders was Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu.
There was a reason behind his absence and that will be made public subsequently on Loud Silence Tv with Kevin Taylor.