26th June, 2012
The Daily Graphic is worried at the invasion of foreigners especially the Chinese into Ghana's small scale mining sector otherwise known as ‘galamsey’. The paper notes that, the number of galamsey operators has grown into an alarming proportion with the resultant pollution of the environment. It cites the Birim River in the Eastern Region where galamsey operators have polluted the river which is the main source of drinking water for the people of the area. According to the paper, since the Chinese begun their illegal operations they have established a network involving local Chiefs and influential people making it difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to deal with them. The Graphic therefore lauds the warning by Vice President Mahama at the Ohumkan Festival over the weekend that government would deal drastically with foreigners engaged in galamsey. To the paper, the issue should not be taken lightly and government needs to come out with a strategy to get these foreigners out of the way.
The Business Guide welcomes the news that the Tema Oil Refinery, TOR, will henceforth be allowed to refine crude oil produced from Ghana's Jubilee Oil Field. The development according to the paper will drastically reduce TOR's irregular schedule, propelled by the non-existence of ready consignments to work on. The move will also bring smites to some workers of TOR who have fallen victims directly or indirectly to the intermittent nature of production at the refinery. The paper expresses gratitude to those behind this laudable arrangement aimed at restoring life to TOR.
The Today requires full scale investigations into the extortion story by police officers. The newspaper expresses disdain over alleged confessions by some senior police officers to the effect that extortion of money from police recruits is endemic in the service. According to the paper, this is shameful. The Today newspaper, notes that the security agencies have already been bedeviled with a lot of reputational damages and challenges as well as dampened spirit of personnel and that the extortion story will only make matters worse. It cautions that it would therefore be suicidal to allow the saga to go unpunished. The paper concludes that the time to purge the services is now.
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