Accra, April 11, GNA - Apostle Dr Stephen
Owusu Jackson, the Chairman of the Christian Praise International Centre
(CPIC), has called on Ghanaians to leave no stone unturned to help “kill and
bury” galamsey in the country.
He said: “As a country, we have danced around galamsey for far too long and the consequences are the debilitating effects on our environment and water bodies we see today, due to our leaders not having the will power to end it.”
Apostle Jackson made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Tuesday.
He said many water bodies which were treated to provide potable water had been polluted, making treatment very expensive.
“We have been warned by the Ghana Water Company and its agencies that Ghana risks importing water into the country in the next 20 years if galamsey is not halted,” he said.
Apostle Jackson said: “We should not forget also that we may be hit by food shortages in the wake of the fact that many farms are being destroyed by the illegal miners.”
He said the most irritating aspect of this galamsey menace was that the perpetrators did it with impunity in total disregard of the law.
“It is important that we all do our bid in whatever way we can to uproot and bring this wickedness to an end,” he said.
Apostle Jackson expressed the hope that the Media Coalition against Galamsey would proactively play their part to bring an end to the practice.
He took the opportunity to advice drivers to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol in order to make the Easter an accident-free one.
Apostle Jackson urged religious leaders to desist from indulging in negative tendencies that may tarnish the image of the clergy.