The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, has called on the Queen mothers of the Asanteman traditional council to assist government in the fight against illegal mining in their various traditional areas.
According to him, the fight against illegal mining is a collective one and as such cannot be won without the efforts and support of important stakeholders like Queen mothers. He reckoned that women wield power, particularly women with traditional authority to help in such fight.
“If you want to conquer the world let the women lead and you will have the world under your feat. I have been here to court the support of the Otumfuo and the Chiefs of the Asanteman and it will be unacceptable on my part not to court your support because without you we cannot win this fight.”Samuel Jinapor
Speaking at a meeting with the Queen mothers in Kumasi on the sidelines of his one-day tour of the Ashanti Region, Mr Jinapor bemoaned the wanton destruction of lands and natural resources of the country, particularly river bodies, which have become rampant. By this, he implored on the Queen mothers to mechanize ways that will help government fight the destructive menace.
The lands minister iterated government’s stance on mining activities in general and revealed that “government as I have always said is not against mining; we love our gold and other minerals and the jewelry we make out of them but what we are against is the illegal way of going about the act and that is what we want you to help us fight against”.
Additionally, Mr Jinapor assured the Queen mothers of government’s support and noted that he will ensure the Minerals Commission provides them with needed resources to engage in the combat against illegal mining and also assured to engage them in the Green Ghana Project in the coming year.
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On her part, the Queen mother of the Mampong, Traditional Area, Nana Agyakuma Dufie, who spoke on behalf of the Queen mothers assured the Minister of their support and rallied the other mothers to support government in curbing the menace.
She stated that if the natural resources of the country deteriorate, it will go against them and their generations, and as a result, requested the Minister to support the Queen mothers with all resources they may require to respond to their call of fighting the menace.
The Queen mothers who were drawn from Bono, Ahafo, Bono East, and Adansi collectively thanked the lands Minister for the meeting and gave their comments to corroborate the plea made by the Mampong Queen mother on their behalf.
The meeting also among others discussed, the planting of Rosewood in large quantities and the effort of government to partner Queen mothers of the Asanteman Council to pilot the planting of bamboo and their active involvement in the 2023 Green Ghana Project.
Following this, the lands minister made a whistle-stop at the Kumasi Zoo where he tasked the Forestry Commission to as a matter of urgency refurbish the Kumasi Zoo with a walkway, summer huts and a facility to serve as staff changing room for workers.
Engaging the staff, he appreciated their efforts in keeping the Zoo running while encouraging them to keep up the good work and assured them of government’s commitment, adding that their challenges and welfare issues will be taken into active consideration.
Dr. Meyir Yiyele Ziekah, the Zoo Manager and Resident Vetinary Doctor at the Zoo thanked the Minister for his visit and hoped that their challenges tabled before him will be addressed.