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Regularization of small-scale mining, Nana Obiri Boahen backs Dr Bawumia

Nana Obiri Boahen said the standard of living of the people in resource rich communities has improved because of their mining activities

Lawyer in private practice, Nana Obiri Boahen, says he supports the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s detailed vision for the mining sector if he becomes President.

Speaking to the nation in Accra on Wednesday, 7 February 2024, to unveil his vision and priorities for Ghana, Dr Bawumia said about one million Ghanaians are engaged in small-scale mining and there is a need to help transform these small-scale miners to practice responsible mining, create more wealth, and also save the environment.

According to Nana Obiri Boahen, who recently visited mining communities like Wassa Akropong, Wassa Bawdie, Wassa Japa, and the other mining areas in the Western Region what he noticed is an indication that the regularization of small-scale mining cannot be doubted.

In an interview on Wontumi TV/Radio, he said the standard of living of the people in the aforementioned communities has improved because of their mining activities.

The Bawumia advocate said,” What I’m saying is practical and empirical. We have a lot to learn and a lot to gain. I will be an ambassador for the regularization of small-scale mining in the rural areas when Bawumia becomes President.”

Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahen underscored that nobody can tout the benefits of mining. “I am saying it with authority that Chiefs that are preventing mining from their areas should revise their notes, “he said.

Nana Obiri Boahen also said that the President’s powers as enshrined in the constitution must be reviewed.

Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahen, said that the appointing powers of the President, which he considers excessive, must be minimized.

His statement comes in support of the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, commitment to review the 1992 Constitution if given the mandate as Ghana’s President.

The NPP presidential candidate said not only will he review the constitution but he will also support the amendment of the provision of ex-gratia for Article 71 officeholders, the rights of dual citizens, and the powers of the president, amongst others.

Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahen said there is too much power allocated to the President which doesn’t augur well for the country.

He said “We should ensure that Judges of Supreme Court, High Court, Appeal Court, Cricut Court, District Court et al are appointed by the Ghana Bar Association.

He continued that the appointment of the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Army Staff must be appointed by the Police and Military council respectively.

Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahen further said he further said he supports Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s pledge to work with a maximum of fifty (50) ministers and deputies.

He added that the appointment of the ministers, high commissioners, and ambassadors must be regionally balanced.

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