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Akyems tackle Mahama over 'galamsey hqs' comment

"Some young Akyems have flared up against President John Mahama over his description of the area as the headquarters of illegal small scale mining or galamsey."

Source: radioxyzonline

Posted on : Thu 03 Apr 2014

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Some young Akyems have flared up against President John Mahama over his description of the area as the headquarters of illegal small scale mining or galamsey.

The group said in a statement that it does not want Ghanaians to describe the presidency as the headquarters of corruption, and so wondered why the President would describe Akyem Abuakwa as the headquarters of galamsey.

"We do not want the people of Ghana to describe the Flagstaff House, the seat of government, as the 'headquarters of corruption' in view of the mounting evidence of government officials fattening on the foliage of state life,” it said.

The statement issued on Thursday by the Okyeman Youth Association (OYA) said it found the President’s description as an affront to the people in the area. The concerns of the youth follow similar concerns expressed by some chiefs of the area after the President made the comment.

President John Mahama said a couple of weeks ago that "Akyem Abuakwa has turned into [the] headquarters of galamsey in Ghana." His comment was aimed at focusing attention on the menace and rallying support at all rungs toward dealing with the problem. He raised the issue when he inaugurated a UN Funded water project in Kyebi. It was part of a working tour of the Eastern region.

The Okyeman Youth Association however said its statement, signed by Daniel Marfo Ofori-Atta that not only was the President’s comment “provocative” but also “ill-motivated”.

The group said: "We wish to state that the galamsey issue is a national challenge born out of many interrelated factors. Okyeman cannot be an exception. The issue of illegal mining is never an Akyem Abuakwa phenomenon."

It said: "We urge the President to focus his energies on meeting the aspirations of the youth of Ghana and refrain from making slanderous and sectarian comments which have the potential to undermine national unity and cohesion".

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