President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has noted with concern the effects of illegal mining (galamsey) on his country, insisting such acts will destroy the nation if not immediately brought to a halt.

Galamsey activities have been increasingly prevalent in Ghana, leading to the destruction of lands and pollution of water bodies in the West African country

A recent campaign against the canker has received nation-wide support, with the hashtag #StopGalamseyNow subsequently trending on various social media platforms in Ghana.

And although some persons have been arrested in connection with illegal mining activities, Ghana’s president, Akufo-Addo believes there is much more to be done.

According to him, galamsey activities will only sink the country, therefore, he is calling on all Ghanaians to help fight the canker.

Speaking to the Ghanaian community in Germany, Akufo-Addo noted that illegal mining “will devour all of us, therefore I have called for a halt to it.”

He however expressed confidence in helping halt the activity. He added that his “serious class of first team people” in government are working around the clock to make sure galamsey is a thing of the past in Ghana.