Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Seth Kwame Acheampong has reiterated government’s determination to fight all mining activities that go contrary to the regulations set by the mining laws such as mining along river banks and forest reserves in order to save ecosystem from further deteriorating.
” What I want to plead with all of us, every person who is plying a trade, we are not against mining but we are against mining activities which is not regulated by a governing State like Ghana which is governed by Rule of Law” he stressed, adding that the law would come after anybody who breaks it.
Hon. Acheampong made this statement when he accompanied the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Dapaah to tour three water treatments plants along Birim River in the region. The objective of her visit was to look at the conditions of the water treatment plants of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and also assess the state of the water bodies in the region.
Speaking to the media after the tour, Hon Cecilia Dapaa emphasized government’s under the able leadership of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commitments to improve the standard of living of Ghanaians.
She was particularly happy about the state of cleanliness of the Kyebi township, and applauded the Okyenhene for his efforts in environmental issues.
She mentioned that due to the efforts of Okyehene, the turbidity level of water at the treatment site at Kyebi from 2009 till date has improved tremendously from 5 to 35 turbidity ratio. The Water treatment plant in Osino and Bunso however has not improved.
Hon. Dapaah indicated that government intends to source for loan to build additional eight water treatment plants across the country to serve 4.5 million Ghanaians as part of the vision to provide water for all by 2030.
At Ofori Panin ‘fie’ Osaagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyehene stressed on the need for decentralization to decongest Accra and create jobs for the youth. He queried why Ministries such as Forestry, Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment, Science and Technology among others should not be moved to the other regions.
Osaagyefo recounting the fact that, in the olden days when the laws were not rigid, people respected the laws of nature and farmlands were sited 200 feet from water sources and life expectancy was 90 years and above but that is not the case currently.
He, therefore, applauded the president on his fight against galamsey and the introduction of programmes such as planting for food and jobs, trees planting, etc.