Illegal small scale miners in the country may have to put up a very tough skin to brace up for the brutal strategies of the new Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh as government’s fight against ‘galamsey’ rages on.
Lawyer Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh who has come to the job with a commitment to winning the fight his predecessor, John Peter Amewu started has given indication he is “going to be very, very brute” and “I will not allow ‘galamseyers’ to have a field day at destroying our environment”, he said on Angel FM.
“I have a strategy in mind; when I execute that strategy which I cannot put out now, the whole Ghana will be clapping”, he told Kwame Tanko on Angel In The Morning, Monday 27th August, 2018, in his first radio interview since assuming office a week ago.
The former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister who looks keen to bringing every defiant illegal miner to book and confiscate their equipment to the state as government readies to lift the ban on legal small scale mining insists “anybody who would pose as a stumbling block to the fight against ‘galamsey’ shall be ‘cleared’ in the interest of Ghana”.
“When I was vigorously fighting against illegal lumbering in the Brong Ahafo region, I was given names; I was told I was corrupt and taking monies from people, but I knew I was discharging my duties with a clean heart; I will apply the same method at this ministry” he reassured.
As part of measures to curb the indiscriminate degradation and depletion of the land and its resources, Hon. Asomah-Cheremeh has advised the public to be abreast of their civic responsibilities and enforce their rights of arrest to bring defiant illegal miners and wood loggers to book.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh was until his recent appointment in President Akufo Addo’s foremost ministerial reshuffle, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister.