Former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Charles Bissue has contended that the government has not lost the fight against ‘galamsey’.

There have been rising issues about the fight against the menace notably with the re-arrest and subsequent expenses against ‘galamsey’ queen, Aisha Huang for partaking in unlawful mining activities.

This has led a number of Civil Society Organisations and the Minority in Parliament to query President Akuffo-Addo’s dedication to fight the canker.

But Mr. Bissue in an interview on Top Story, Thursday, noted that government is not wavering in this dedication.

“We have not failed because first of all, the bold step by the President to come up and say that let us ban small scale mining and then actually re-organise ourselves and all that was done. Everything travelled into the roadmap,” he said.

He additionally recounted how throughout his administration as the Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, lots of actions resembling Operation Vanguard, the campaign to cease Galamsey, and so forth had been undertaken to put a cease to the canker.

“Let us remember I was working under ten Ministries and each Ministry had something doing at each point in time. For example, Operation Vanguard was under Interior and Defense Ministry, Chieftaincy dealt with the Chiefs so remember myself, Kofi Dzamesi, Dan Botwe, Hajia Alima you can see that synergy there. We travelled across the country together and educated the chiefs then came the community sensitization so people were sensitized…everybody felt involved,” he added.

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