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Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey

Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Prof Emmanuel Martey says it was in former President Mahama’s administration that the illegal mining popularly called galamsey got out of hand.

Prof. Martey says President Mahama assured him his government was winning the fight against galamasey but things got worse.

Speaking to the media at the official opening of the Koforidua Branch of C4 Homeopathic hospital, the vociferous man of God said, “it is too early to say that the present administration is not doing well.

Government has banned the importation of 49 medicines, assigning their manufacture to local pharmaceutical companies.

The move by the government is seen a major boost to the local industry and is in compliance with the Africa Union’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa which aspires to strengthen Africa’s ability to produce high quality and affordable pharmaceuticals.

The plan was approved by the Heads of State and Governments at the AU Summit in Accra recently.

File photo: Galamsey site

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) is unable to carry out maintenance works on its transmission lines within the Akwatia, Nsutem and Anyinam communities in the Eastern Region because of illegal mining activities (galamsey) close to the grid towers.

The activities of the illegal miners have severely undermined the structural integrity of the towers that support the conductors, making them highly vulnerable to collapse.

Maintenance works on the Akwatia transmission sub-station, built in 1965 to 161 kilovolt (kV) of power for distribution to communities in the catchment area of the sub-station have, therefore, been suspended.

The minister appealed to party supporters to allow the MDCEs to work without interference

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has charged the Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the region to be diligent in the discharge of the duties to enable the government to execute its development agenda.

He appealed to party supporters and sympathizers to allow the MDCEs to work without interference to bring about the much-needed development in the area.

The Minister made these known at a programme to swear in 24 MDCEs who have been confirmed by their respective assemblies out of 27 nominees made by the President.