The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor today, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 appeared before parliament to offer answers to some questions filed by the Member of Parliament of North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa regarding the burning of excavators found at illegal mining (galamsey) sites.
Hon. Abu Jinapor diffused suggestions of the burning of the excavators as an act of illegality. He insisted that the government and the anti-galamsey taskforce are clothed with the law to undertake such actions.
He cited aspects of the constitution that validates the position of government that burning of the excavators is legal, contrary to opinions from certain quarters.
“Mr. Speaker, Article 36(9) of the Constitution, which forms part of “The Directive Principles of State Policy”, and which is supposed to guide all citizens, the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary in the application and interpretation of the Constitution and any other law, as well as in taking and implementing policy decisions, states as follows: The State shall take appropriate measures needed to protect and safeguard the national environment for posterity and shall seek co-operation with other states and bodies for purposes of protecting the wider international environment for mankind, he added.