Some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) have mounted pressure on President Akufo-Addo to lift the more than
one year old ban on small scale, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central has alleged .
Following the massive destruction of forest reserves and contamination of many water bodies across the country as a result of small-scale mining mainly due to the involvement of illegal operators commonly referred to as '
The move was to enable the government to streamline the activities of small-scale minings so as to be able to get rid of illegal miners and protest water bodies.
The government has since made public a roadmap for lifting the ban.
But speaking in a radio interview on Accra based Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen programme on Tuesday afternoon, the maverick Kennedy Agyapong urged President Akufo-Addo not to bow to pressure.
In his view, it is better to save the water bodies and lands for posterity than to lift the ban on small-scale mining.
“I know NPP members are putting pressure on President Akufo-Addo to lift the ban on small-scale mining but I will encourage him to be firm. It is better to do one term and save our lands and water bodies” he stated.
The outspoken Assin Central MP maintained that there was no difference between small-scale and illegal mining, popularly known as
Ken Agyapong appealed to party members to put the interest of Ghana first than partisan interest.