Hon. Emmanuel Atta Twum
Hon. Emmanuel Atta Twum

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Atiwa in the Eastern Region, Hon. Emmanuel Atta Twum has expressed extreme worry over the activities of illegal miners popularly known as ?galamsey? in his district.

He has therefore called for a swift intervention of the national security agencies to help nib the problem in the bud as it has the potential to undermine the developmental agenda of the district.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr. Emmanuel Atta Twum poured his frustrations on the activities of galamsay operations in the district during an exclusive interview with The Al-Hajj in the district.

The DCE disclosed that all interventions outlined by his outfit, the Chiefs and the people of the area have not yielded positive dividends.

Whiles expressing his abhorrence for the activities of galamsey, the DCE believed that the otherwise illegal operations could be reformed to make it beneficial to the inhabitants of the area.

He was dissatisfied with the mode of operation often employed by the practitioners of these unlawful activities which sometimes leads to wanton lost of precious lives as well degradation of the environment.

Hon. Twum, called for the galamsey operators to regularize their activities so that they could benefits some capacity building trainings to help improve upon their skills thereby minimizing the high rate of accidents associated with galamsey while being a source of revenue to the District Assembly.

?There are mining companies who are legally registered and operating with modern equipments in the district that allows the assembly to also gets some taxes from them for the development of the district?, he said.

The DCE regretted the inability of the Assembly to cash in on the activities of the galamsey operators.

?We have difficulties in tracking these illegal galamsay operators not to talk about them paying tax to the assembly?, he lamented

The DCE disclosed his worry over the alarming rate at which the youth are shunning agricultural activities in favour of galamsey operations.

Hon Twum used the opportunity to throw light on some developmental projects in the area which include increases in school feeding program, revenue collection, building of new projects especially school blocks, roads and hospitals.

Specifically, the DCE disclosed that 19 Junior High schools in the district have been benefiting from the school feeding program, adding that the school feeding program in the district has increased from 3,166 to 4, 744 by the end of 2012.

Touching on tourism potentials of the area, Hon Twum revealed that the district currently has a number of tourist attraction sites and made mention of the Tini Water Falls located in a small farming community of about 6km from Anyinam off Accra-Kumasi highway

He called for private investors to partner the district assembly to help develop the discovered tourist sites in the area.

Source:?Iddrissu A. Jara (The Al-Hajj)

 

 

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