HO, NOVEMBER 21, 2017(CISA)-Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCB) has called on the government and all stakeholders to sustain all efforts aimed at ending the destruction of environment caused by illegal mining in the country.
In a communique signed by President of the Conference, Archbishop Philip Naameh, of Archdiocese of Tamale, the bishops said that illegal mining, popularly called galamsey, had caused devastating effect to the environment and must therefore come to an end.
“Let us sustain our efforts to reverse the harsh consequences of this self-inflicted destruction. We remind all Ghanaians that our natural resources belong to those gone before us, those of us living and those who will come after us,” they said in the communique issued at the end of the plenary assembly of the Bishops held in Ho, in the Volta Region.
The Conference held from November 6 to 8, was on the theme ‘integral pastoral care for the family in the light of Amoris Laetitia.
The bishops further termed a recent report of the UNICEF highlighting the progress on portable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as well as updates and SDG Baselines – July 2017 which portrayed Ghana as one of the dirtiest countries in the world, as shameful to the country.
“This is a shameful record. Let us rally in support of the campaign to roll back our country’s unsavory sanitation challenges,” noted the prelates.