The founder and leader of Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) Akua Donkor says in sensitising people about illegal mining aka ‘galamsey’ local dialects should be used.

According to her, most of the small scale miners are not fluent English speakers and thus local languages should be used.

“What I want to say is that all that he [President Akufo-Addo] has said, he has to say them again. He has to reorganise the program [National Dialogue on Small Scale Mining] again because those who mine the gold, none of them understand English,” she said.

The affable two-time presidential aspirant said although some of the miners would have tuned in to the program, they would not understand the forum.

Commending the media for their efforts in the galamsey fight, Akua Donkor said the media should also do well in using local languages in spreading the message against the practice.

Arguing her case at the National Dialogue on Small Scale Mining, she said while English is used in foreign countries, local dialects should be used in Ghana.

“Let’s speak our language,” she reiterated.

Background

A two-day National Consultative Dialogue on small-scale mining begun on Wednesday, April 14 and ended on Thursday, April 15, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The purpose of the forum was to solicit views, proposals and suggestions from diverse stakeholders in the small-scale mining industry, to develop appropriate policy interventions for the sector.

The Dialogue was organised by the Forestry Commission under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

The event was graced by President Akufo-Addo, Lands and Natural Minerals Minister, Samuel Jinapor, Chief of Staff, Frema Opare and many other dignitaries.