The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has disagreed with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's comment on the burning of excavators.
The President minced no words when he urged Ghanaians who are unhappy with the burning of the excavators to go to court.
“I know there are some who believe that the ongoing exercise of ridding our water bodies and forest zones of harmful equipment and machinery is unlawful and, in some cases, harsh...I strongly disagree, and I would advise those who take a contrary view to go to court to vindicate their position if they so wish” he said on Wednesday, May 26 when he cut sod for Phase One of the Law School Village for the Ghana School of Law.
Kweku Baako Reacts
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako contributing to a panel discussion on JoyNews’ Newsfile programme Saturday, May 29, said: "I disagree with the President…those who can go to court and suspect will go to court are those who think they were doing the right thing; those who have valid license…"
"I’ve searched fruitlessly for a provision; whether in the Acts or in the regulations, any provision that actually enables the burning of excavators and other mining equipment and I don’t see it"
Calls For Amendment
Kweku Baako further reiterated his calls for government to amend the law if they see it to be 'ineffective'.
"If government has come to a conclusion that all the laws are ineffective, and that the best way of creating a disincentive or a deterrent is to burn the excavators, I advise the President and his government to go to Parliament with a Bill to amend it…" he added.
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