The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo has said that he does not believe that Galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang was deported from Ghana.
According to Nana Addo, he is not very sure Aisha Huang was sent back to China after her arrest. Speaking at a gathering in Ho, he disclosed that he was not abreast with the final details of the deportation.
“I’m not still sure whether she was in fact deported. Or whether she fled the country the first time and has now come back. There still seems to be some uncertainty about it.”
“But whichever way it is, she’s become the sort of nickname for all that Galamsey represents”, he said.
“We have concerted to work at it. We need to have the cooperation of the courts. Until recently when I came, the punishment for people caught was relatively light. [But] we’ve changed the law to stiffen the punishment for people caught,” he added.
The president further noted that the fight to stop all illegal galamsey is gradually yielding fruits.
“The efforts have brought a lot of fruits first of all. Galamsey is now a subject of national discussion. Everywhere you go, there’s this matter of galamsey. We’ve at least achieved this purpose of heightening consciousness about it as an evil.”