The King of the Ashanti region Otumfuo Osei Tutu has disclosed that the Ashanti Regional Minister and the Minister of Land and Natural Resources wanted to direct him on what to say about the galamsey menace.
According to him, he agreed to go according to the script they gave him but realized that there is the need condemn high profile persons who were involved in the illegal act in order to serve as a deterrent to others who want to engage in the act.
“Yesterday when the Regional Minister and my son Jinapor came, they told me to read what’s in the speech. This is because they knew I will say something which won’t augur well for them. But the galamsey menace which has become topical across the country, if we pick, 300 people and we divide by 3 , one percent of the people gathered here know those who are involved in galamsey.
Thirty percent of us seated here know people who are engaged in galamsey. We need to speak the truth because if we don’t we will always be organizing conferences. Those who were involved with the galamsey came to me and told me a Chief gave them the land. Any Chief who gave lands out for galamsey operations to take place should know that they are also guilty.”
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ 2021