Date: April 18, 2017
The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has added his voice to the national campaign against illegal mining in Ghana, popularly known as “Galamsey” by urging all Christians to come together in the fight against the menace which has left devastating effects on the country’s environment.
According to the Chief Scribe of the Church, Christians have enough numbers to lead the charge against illegal mining so as to preserve and protect the country’s God-given resources.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi said this in a sermon on Easter Sunday [April 16, 2017] to climax the Achimota Zone Easter Convention in the Achimota Area of the Church.
He stated that Christians constitute a majority of the country’s population and therefore implored all believers to make their numbers count in the fight against galamsey.
“We (Christians) are the largest group in Ghana and together we can fight Galamsey in this country. The Church of Pentecost alone has over two million members and we have significant numbers to transform this country. Posterity would never forgive us if we destroy our water bodies and our environment,” he said.
The General Secretary also called on Christians to lead exemplary lives wherever they find themselves and eschew hypocrisy. He advised them not to only act piously in Church but also at their homes and workplaces.
It has been widely reported that the activities of some small-scale miners have caused severe pollution to the country’s fresh water bodies and destroyed arable lands. The famous Pra and Tano rivers are among the most polluted water bodies.
The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), the institution mandated to provide potable water for the Ghanaian populace, has had to shut down some of its treatment plants because key water sources have been heavily polluted beyond purification due to the activities of galamsey operators.
Farming activities at many communities in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern regions, where illegal mining activities are prevalent, have also been affected.
In the last few months, campaigns against illegal mining in the country have intensified with the various stakeholders including the government, the media, the clergy, among others, coming together to champion the cause.
Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi