Kwesi Pratt Jr, Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has observed that Akufo Addo has pleasantly surprised him.
Speaking on ‘Good Morning Ghana’ show on Metro TV on Wednesday, he said, the posture of the President of the Republic suggests that he is committed to fighting the ills of illegal mining.
“President Akufo Addo has surprised me by removing all the old appointees who were in the mining sector and replaced them with new crop of young people enthusiastic about fighting illegal mining,” the veteran journalist asserted.
Mr Pratt Indicated that, appointing Samuel Abu Jinapor as Minister of Minerals and Natural Resources, is a step in the right direction.
“You can actually feel the enthusiasm from them, but they need the full backing the President. The powerful invisible hands operating in the illegal mining behind the scenes are going to come after him. That is why the president must be solidly behind him in this fight,” he alarmed.
He further stated that he pities Abu Jinapor as, most of the illegal mining syndicates can be traced to big men and politicians in this country.
“Believe it or not, the mining industry is largely dominated by the politicians from all parties. Not just NPP and NDC, but all the other parties. That is where they get the huge financial returns to fund political activities. So, it’s a huge challenge and Abu Jinapor must be protected by Akufo Addo in this huge fight,” he reiterated.
After commending Samuel Abu Jinapor and the president for the bold step taken to mitigate illegal mining, he cautioned against laxity along the line.
“These seminars and stakeholder consultations, have been largely explored in the past. I shudder to think that it may end up as a nine-day wonder if, the president does not throw his full weight behind Abu jinapor,” he warned.
He added that he has had an encounter with Samuel Jinapor, some years back and is optimistic that being a very diligent and committed young man, he can achieve whatever he plans to do.