Three Ghanaian citizens have petitioned the United Nation’s Secretary-General António Guterres to remove of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates as a Co-Chair because of his failure to rout out illegal mining operations in Ghana as promised.
The petition contains accounts suggesting President Akufo Addo is complicit in the exposed incidence of his appointees involved in illegal mining operations popularly called “Galamsey”.
The United Nations, under Goal 6 of the SDGs has set out to provide a world in which there is safe access to water at the most affordable cost to every citizen across the globe. Under its Goal 13, the UN commits also to a safer climate.
However, the petitioners say President Akufo Addo and his administration have essentially destroyed Ghana’s water bodies with their Galamsey activities.
“We have concluded that President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has failed in his fight in Ghana against illegal mining which effectively is a failure to protect the water bodies affected by the activities of illegal miners as stated under the Goal 6 of the SDGs,” read the petition made available to Whatsup News.