October 4, 2022
MP for Efutu Alexander Afenyo Markin
Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament who doubles as MP for Efutu Alexander Afenyo Markin has cited partisan politics as a major....

Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament who doubles as MP for Efutu Alexander Afenyo Markin has cited partisan politics as a major setback for the fight against illegal mining otherwise referred to as galamsey.

The legislator whilst bemoaning the involvement of politicians in the act wants deliberate efforts taken to prevent water bodies and by extension the health of Ghanaians.

Several efforts to clamp down illegal mining activities otherwise referred to as galamsey have been rendered useless. Vegetative cover and water bodies continue to suffer heavy depletion and pollution as a result of the activity.

Aside its physical and social impact, various reports have attributed cancer-related diseases found amongst some Ghanaians especially those living in galamsey-prone zones to the menace.

As the country continues to wobble in this seemingly unsuccessful fight, a deputy majority leader in parliament, Alexander Afenyo Markin has attributed the failure to partisan politics.

Whilst speaking at a ceremony where the legislator handed over a newly constructed classroom block to the ACM school at Sankor in Winneba, the legislator maintained that the fight has been unsuccessful due to the lack of commitment on the part of political leadership. 

Expressing concern about how difficult it has become to treat water resulting to various forms of diseases, Mr. Afenyo Markin charged political actors to build a consensus and tackle the various challenges such as galamsey that are confronting the country.

After fifty years of establishment, the African Christian Mission basic school located at Sankor in the Winneba Municipality had not seen any massive renovation and improvement in its infrastructure until the MP intervened.

The renovation of some old blocks of the school and the construction of this new block have caused smiles on the face of pupils and teachers of the school.

Whilst commending the MP for the gesture, the Winneba Municipal Director of Education, Madam Mabel Judith Micah also called on stakeholders to help deal with child trafficking issues within the Municipality. She said children who are trafficked to the Municipality often perform poorly in terms of academics as they are being mostly made to work during contact hours and the situation leads to voluminous numbers of teenage pregnancies.

By Akwasi Addo / Sokynewsgh.com / SOKY TV / Ghana

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