The Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Madam Patricia Appiagyei has stated government’s determination to stop all illegal mining on the country’s water bodies.
According to her, it was unthinkable to allow such sub-culture to fester when the very lives of the people depended on the kind of water they drink.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper in Kumasi, Madam Appiagyei who is also the Member of Parliament for the Asokwa constituency reiterated government’s readiness to stop every activity that infringes on the environment.
The Deputy Minister rallied the populace to offer their support to government as it rolls out plans to ensure every community becomes clean.
Madam Appiagyei, who had earlier taken part in a clean up exercise organised by the Asokwa NPP communications outfit called on the public to live responsible lives.
She requested that the public take health and environment issues seriously since that has a direct bearing on the kind of lives they lead.
She called for regular clean up exercises so as to get rid of filth from our communities.
According to Madam Appiagyei, government can only build a better society when its citizens are healthy and live clean lives.
In a chat with the paper later, Mr Edmund Kyei, Communications director of the Asokwa NPP urged the media to continue to highlight issues that affect the environment.
According to him, the public will become fully aware of their responsibilities when such issues are played up in the media arena.
He also proposed punitive sanctions for those who litter indiscriminately, insisting that such activities contribute to the constant flooding that occurs in most parts of the country.
He, however, commended members of the NPP group for making the pledge of cleaning the Asokwa constituency every holiday a reality.