Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has urged his fellow politicians to help the government fight the illegal mining activities, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
He said they [politicians] must be bold and support the fight.
In his view, the dangers associated with the canker know no political colour.
According to him, everyone stands to be affected should the issue not get addressed collectively.
While speaking at the commissioning of a 6-unit classroom block for ACM Basic School at Sankor in Effutu over the weekend, Mr. Afenyo-Markin regretted that politicians allowed themselves to be clouded by partisanship in the fight against galamsey.
“President Akufo-Addo made me chairman of Ghana Water. I know how much it costs to treat water. And because we the politicians have made everything partisan; we’re looking at the next election, we are unable to boldly confront the challenges that face our nation.”
“So galamsey is destroying us. People are dying of cancer, people are dying without knowing why they’re dying. The water you drink, do you think it is safe for you? Let us confront galamsey.
“Let us confront the challenges that face our nation. I call on my colleague politicians; CPP, NDC, NPP, let’s come together, and have a consensus on the key national issues that will benefit our people in the long term. If we continue with this type of parochial politics, trust me, our country will go nowhere,” he said.
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