The South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has condemned the unscrupulous manner through which illegal small-scale mining has been used to destroy the country’s forest cover and river bodies.
The destruction of the environment through the activities of illegal mining, better known as ‘galamsey, is massive and the SCGC welcomes measures taken by the government to stop the menace.
Christian behaviour, according to the SCGC, must be lived in tune to life without destruction to the environment.
The President of the SCGC, Pastor Dr. Kwabena Annor Boafo made the condemnation in address during a special service and harvest to climax the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Conference.
Anniversary was on the theme, “Reflecting 20 Years In The Hope Of His Advent.” The conference’s territory covers membership from the Bosomtwe, Ejisu, Asante Akyem South, Subin and Asokwa constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
Fight against galamsey
Pastor Annor Boafo said the SCGC was of the view that if the fight against galamsey would be won, then there should be strict adherence to, and enforcement of laws and guidelines that regulated small-scale mining in the country.
He said traditional authorities, as custodians of the land, could not sit aloof and allow the country’s forests, agricultural lands and water bodies to be destroyed to the detriment of posterity.
He noted that Ghana, in recent times, was witnessing too much lawlessness, saying that the frequency of lawless behaviour, the impunity with which such behaviours are carried out and the fact that most of the culprits escaped punishment appeared to portray lawless behaviour as part of way of life.
He said violence was therefore beginning to define Ghana and seemed to be the only means people had for enforcing a sense of social order and control.
He however, asked church members to continue to strengthen their faith in God and the hope for His Second Coming even though life was full of despair for human race.
Ridding the Kumasi City of filth
The Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi said the KMA under his administration, would go the extra mile to rid the city of filth and bring back its beautiful scenery.
In line with this, he said the Assembly would soon launch what he termed “Operation Keep The City Clean And Green” campaign.
He warned that KMA would get tough with anybody who breached the sanitation bye-laws.
The Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Madam Patricia Appiagyei for her part pledged the support of his office to join the KMA in fighting the filth in Kumasi and even beyond.