The Omanhene of Asante Asokore in the Sekyere East district of the Ashanti region,Nana professor susubiribi Krobea Asante has emphatically stated that his Chiefs and people of Asante Asokore will not entertain mining in the area.
He said as the country struggles to deal with the menace of galamsey, the people of mining areas has suffered the brunt of it which has had water bodies destroyed and polluted in the process.
The fight has not been entirely successful since water bodies and forest reserves continue to be destroyed by illegal mining activities.
“Last time, minerals commission came here to prospect for Gold. We want to assure that, we will do everything possible to protect and preserve our rich lands from any illegal mining activities. Nananom do not give permit for mining activities so I can’t fathom why people blame Nananom for the surge in galamsey activities,” he stated.
“Our decision remains unchanged; and Nananom of the Asante Asokore Traditional Area do not want any mining activities (Galamsey) to happen on our land.”
At a press conference, at the Asokore Manhene’s palace today ,Nana professor susubiribi said he had write to the government and the minerals commission with copies to the appropriate institutions to withdraw their decision to mined in the area.
We Nananom of the Asante Asokore Traditional Council stand by our joint inalienable Resolution not to allow any Destructive Surface Minerals Explorations within the Asante Asokore Traditional Area.
“We watch television and listen to radio every day, we have witnessed how galamsey has doomed and caused suffering to some towns and villages in the country. We don’t want same to happen on our land,” Nana Professor susubiribi
He stated that the traditional council will not permit any activity to deplete its natural resource.
He said Asokre have only two water bodies and it is the main supplier of water to our neighboring towns
and we cannot watch our rivers and water bodies get spoiled in the name of Galamsey. No we cannot be the genesis of this destruction.”
story by Simon Opoku Afriyie