The Deputy Minister of Chieftancy and Religious Affairs has today (27th October 2017) advised Chiefs in the Asutifi Districts (BA) to desist from engaging in galamsey which has been earmarked as a menace by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.
Speaking at a mini durbar at Kenyasi, Honourable Paul Essien said that the government had given the mandate to the Ghana Police Service to deal with any person who is engaged in galamsey as one of its negative effects was its damage to the natural vegetation of Ghana.
He added, all persons grabbed in connection with the said act would be put before court for trial as such all chiefs and other traditional council seat holders who are held in high esteem within their communities must be careful.
He said it is unthinkable to see people still practicing galamsey whiles chiefs have the power to stop them as they are the custodians of the lands.
Hon. Essien added that the government would not come to the aid of any Chief that was caught being engaged in this illegal activity.
Also present at the mini durbar were Nananom, the District Chief Executive of Asutifi North, politicians, members of the Security services and various press house representatives.