The Chief of Bibiani in the Bibiani Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region, Nana Ngoah Anyimah Kodom II,has appealed to the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to support him with logistics to help him to flush out the illegal small scale mining activities ongoing in Bibiani and its adjoining communities which are destroying water bodies, farm lands and environment.
The chief expressed grave worry over the increasing rate of the illegal small scale mining activities in the municipality, saying that unavailability of proper logistics had been preventing them not to fight the menace effectively in the municipality.
Speaking in an interview with Soireenews.com via telephone call on Tuesday May 23, 2023, Nana Ngoah Anyimah Kodom II expressed his capacity to battle the galamsey operators more effectively if he is given the nod and the necessary accoutrements.
In regulating the illegal small scale mining activities, the Chief instructed the government to collaborate with traditional authorities.
‘‘It is evident that the government’s measures to fight the galamsey activities are not yielding any fruit. I will entreat the government that it is now a high time for it to involve the traditional authorities. I can make it possible, if I have been made the minister in charge of natural resources in my area,” Nana Ngoah Anyimah Kodom II assured President Akufo-Addo.
Nana Ngoah Anyimah Kodom II stated’’, It’s obvious the fight has not borne any fruit. I will entreat the Akufo-Addo government to sit up and take decision with the chiefs. I strongly believe this can help the fight against the menace.’’
He welcomed the appointment of the new Municipal Chief Executive for the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai, Mr Paul Andoh and urged him to embrace development.
“We should be devoid of our political affiliations and support the new MCE to succeed. I will entreat him to prioritise development ahead of other schedules,” he stated.
In addition, he entreated the Municipality to ensure the major streets in the Bibiani township get street bulbs.
“The major streets in the Bibiani township have been in darkness over the days, meanwhile we pay for that. I will entreat the Municipality to fix the street bulbs,” Nana Ngoah stressed.