Nana Nyantakyi Tutu Baffour, Kontihene of New Juaben Traditional Area has asked Ghanaians not to vote for galamsey politicians.
Speaking at the Regional Festival of Arts and Culture (REFAC) in Koforidua he said he was non-partisan and would urge Ghanaians especially people of Eastern Region to vote against politicians who preach galamsey (illegal small-scale gold mining) as their campaign message.
“I don’t belong to a political party
and I will urge everyone to say a big no to any politician
who preaches and encourages galamsey,” he stated
Speaking as the Chairman for the Eastern Regional Festival of Arts and Culture in Koforidua, Nana Tutu advised his fellow chiefs in the region not to exchange their lands for money from foreigners but rather aid the government to fight the galamsey menace
The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour in delivering his speech emphasized that, the East is blessed with many natural resources such as lands, rivers, and minerals among others and encouraged the indigens to do their best by making good use of them ane engaging especially in commercial agriculture.
Kwakye Darfour lamented however that, Ghanaians have sold all their lands to foreigners for this illegal small-scale gold mining which is destroying our natural vegetation and polluting our water bodies.
“We are forced to drink bottled mineral water
than from our polluted natural water bodies
because of galamsey,” he noted.