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New Patriotic Party members engaged in galamsey: A betrayal of trust

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 Source: Michael Agbesi Kelly

Galamsey, the illegal small-scale mining practice, has become a pressing issue in Ghana, causing significant environmental damage and social disruption. Recent reports and investigations by Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, former Minister of Science, Technology, Environment and Innovation who also doubled as Chairman of the Joint Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining have revealed the involvement of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a major political party in Ghana, in galamsey activities.

This article delves into the betrayal of trust by NPP members engaged in galamsey, highlighting the negative consequences for the environment, public perception, and the party’s credibility.

Environmental degradation: The engagement of NPP members in galamsey activities contributes to the degradation of the environment, undermining the party’s commitment to sustainable development.

The use of toxic chemicals and destructive mining practices associated with galamsey leads to the contamination of water bodies, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. This not only damages ecosystems but also jeopardizes the country’s natural resources, affecting future generations.

Erosion of public trust: The involvement of NPP members in galamsey undermines public trust in the party and its ability to govern responsibly.

Citizens expect political parties to uphold ethical standards and prioritize the well-being of the nation. The participation of party members in illegal mining activities erodes public confidence, as it demonstrates a disregard for the rule of law and a betrayal of the party’s stated principles.

Damage to party credibility: The revelation of NPP members engaging in galamsey tarnishes the party’s image and credibility. It raises questions about the party’s commitment to good governance, environmental protection, and the welfare of the Ghanaian people. The actions of a few party members can have a profound impact on the reputation of the entire party, potentially alienating supporters and undermining its ability to effectively govern.

Legal and ethical implications: The involvement of NPP members in galamsey raises legal and ethical concerns. Galamsey is illegal in Ghana, and those involved are subject to legal consequences. The fact that NPP members are implicated in these activities not only highlights their disregard for the law but also raises questions about the party’s commitment to upholding the principles of integrity and accountability.

Need for party accountability: The NPP must take immediate action to address the involvement of its members in galamsey. This includes conducting thorough investigations, holding those responsible accountable, and implementing stricter internal party regulations to prevent such occurrences in the future. By demonstrating a commitment to transparency and taking decisive action, the party can begin to rebuild public trust and restore its credibility.

In summary, the involvement of NPP members in galamsey activities is a betrayal of the trust placed in them by the Ghanaian people. It undermines the party’s commitment to sustainable development, erodes public trust, damages its credibility, and raises legal and ethical concerns.

The NPP must confront this issue head-on, holding accountable those involved, and implementing measures to prevent future occurrences. Only through such actions can the party regain public confidence and uphold its responsibilities as a political organization working for the betterment of Ghana and its citizens.

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Columnist: Michael Agbesi Kelly
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