Akufo-Addo’s promise to risk the presidency in the Galamsey fight lacked credibility – Jantuah

Former presidential staffer and staunch member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. PV Jantuah Dadson, has rebuked the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, saying there is no integrity in his ‘Pongo my presidency on the line’ pledge on the fight against illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’.

President Akufo-Addo in 2017, while addressing a workshop on galamsey for traditional leaders, said: “I have said it in Cabinet, and this is perhaps the first time I have gone public, that I am prepared to risk my Presidency . in this issue.

“If by the grace of God my party allows me to go again and I have the health and everything to go again but I don’t get it again, then I will say to myself: ‘Well, this is a choice that I have to make.’ . as a human being.’ Are you doing the right thing or what you think will make you get along? I believe that one does what is right and what is required of one to do,” President Akufo-Addo said in 2017 after being sworn in for his first term.

Nearly seven years later, the threat still persists with the destruction of Ghana’s numerous water bodies and forest reserves.

Commenting on the president’s promise in the fight against galamsey, the former presidential staffer stated that President Akufo-Addo never meant his promise.

“That is why I in particular; I do not see any integrity in the President because he has not been able to do everything he said and where he wants to take this (illegal mining) ”. He said

“Look at what has happened in the fight against Galamsey, if the president was serious about putting his presidency on the line, all these people would no longer be in office,” he lashed out at recent events involving some actors.

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