Residents of Akrokkeri community has descended heavily on social commentator and New Patriotic Party (NPP) critic, Kelvin Taylor on his recent galamsay comments associated to the community and its Queen Mother.
The community and its leadership were enraged by the comment of Taylor attributing impropriety and lack of leadership to the community leaders, especially the Queen Mother, Nana Serwaa Bruwaa, accusing her of supervising galamsay right at the back of her residence.
Opanyin Egya Owusu, also known in private life as Robert Owusu, a Principal Elder of Akrokkeri who spoke on behalf of the community described the action of Kelvin Taylor as “irresponsible and ill-conceived”, adding that, the Queen mother has nothing to do with any mining which might be going on in any part of the community.
According to him, Kelvin Taylor is a disrespectful and disappointed politician who resorts to social media to disrespect individuals and institutions for popularity and political gains.
He said further that, Taylor is from Obuasi, so if he were a true citizen of the land, he would have fought for investments for the upliftment of the Obuasi community and its enclave.
He asserted that, the mining being done by the youth of the town is the ‘Community Mining module introduced by the NPP government.
He indicated further that, they are involved in deep pit mining, which is very environmentally friendly and accommodating.
He revealed that, the deep pit mining module has been practiced since time immemorial, and has not for once created any environmental or social problems for communities or the nation, until; foreigners flooded the industry and changed the status quo.
To him, it was after the introduction of the alluvia mining that Ghana’s environmental woes begun.
Ekua Mother, a Youth Leader of Akrokkeri on her part added that, government should expand the community mining module to reach every mining community and instead support industry players with logistics and expertise to help modernise their operations and embrace deep pit mining instead of alluvia, as a means of preserving the environment.
Story by Frederick E. Aggrey