Leader of the Ebenezer Miracle Worship Centre, Prophet Dr. Ebenezer Adarkwa Yiadom is opposed to government’s decision to ban illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.
In his view, galamsey is the source of livelihood for the miners and given the high unemployment rate in the country, it is the only job they depend on at the moment.
His comment follows a national hue and cry over the negative effects of galamsey leading to government issuing a three-week ultimatum for illegal miners to pack out of the lands.
The deadline elapsed last week with many of the illegal miners moving their excavators from site but some defiant illegal miners, however, insist government rescind its decision to ban the activity in the country.
In support, Prophet Ebenezer Adarkwa Yiadom maintained that there is nothing wrong with doing galamsey.
The controversial prophet wondered when government and the media realized the destruction illegal miners is having on the environment when people have engaged in it since time immemorial.
‘Prophet One’ as he is popular called said the gold in the earth was proved by God thus any method being used to extract it must be deemed illegal.
He said he won’t hesitate to do galamsey in his auditorium if he is told there is gold in the earth.
“If I’m told there is gold in my church, I will thank God, pull down my pulpit and do galamsey here” he stated.
Though some of them admit they are causing a lot of destruction, especially, to farmlands and rivers, the Prophet Dr. Ebenezer Adarkwa Yiadom maintain there are no alternatives for them to make a living.
‘Prophet One’ called on government to review its decision to ban galamsey operations and support the industry to solve the unemployment situation in the country.
Credit: Adom FM