The Methodist Church, Ghana, has urged the Government to muster the political will to fight the illegal mining menace, popularly referred to as galamsey.
The church urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure that water bodies polluted and land degraded in the country were restored within his tenure, as part of his legacies.
The Very Reverend John Hammond, Superintendent Minister of Madina Circuit, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday.
He said: “As a country we have danced around the illegal mining menace for far too long and the consequence is what we are witnessing today.”
Very Rev. Hammond expressed regret that some traditional leaders and politicians were alleged to be involved in the practice instead of preserving the nation’s resources and environment for the future generations.
He recalled the days when River Birim in the Eastern Region was potable, while other rivers like Tano, Pra and Ankobra were tourist sites as a pride of the nation.
“Today these rivers have become a sea of dark brown water harbouring dangerous chemicals,” he said, adding that communities along the banks had been deprived of water for farming and domestic use.
Very Rev. Hammond commended the Media Coalition Against Galamsey and the Christian Council of Ghana for their efforts in the fight against illegal mining and called on all religious bodies and non-governmental organisations to join the fight.