Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has made an indication that President Akufo-Addo’s fight against illegal mining cost him much votes in the 2020 elections.
He explained that as one of the main reasons why votes of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) dropped.
“I hear people ask how come your margin dropped from 900 thousand to 500 thousand?” the Minister noted on Joy News.
“We (NPP) are clear in our minds that the fight against galamsey is one of the reasons, if you look at the returns for many of the galamsey areas, they voted heavily against the president and his candidates because at the same time, while even internal party persons were sabotaging the fight, you also have people on the other side of the political device.”
In the year 2017, the Akufo-Addo government waged a tough war against illegal mining activities, locally known as galamsey, and placed a temporal ban on small-scale mining.
The Operation Vanguard taskforce was subsequently set up to guard the various illegal mining sites.
The Ministry ofEnvironment, Science, Technology and Innovation later set up a Galamstop taskforce to support the Operation Vanguard team in fighting illegal mining.
However, recent reports show that illegal mining activities are still ongoing in some parts of the country.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said the President has become a victim of fighting against illegal mining activities.
Source; Opera News