President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has denied allegations that Akonta Mining Limited is presently involved in illegal minning in the country.

The President says the company who has been accused by many for its engagement in the course he is championing is not prospecting any mineral illegally in the country.

Responding to the Chairperson of the 28th National and 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diosecan Priests association in Koforidua, President Akufo-Addo said the sector ministry through its agencies has rid galamsey of every part of the country.

He indicated the action he has taken against the galamsey menace is not going to be a 9-day wonder irrespective of the cost involved.

“Let me respond briefly to the Chairperson on the issue of illegal mining. I want to assure him and all of you that Akonta Mining is not involved in illegal mining anywhere in Ghana as we speak.

“Further, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources through the agency of the Lands Commission with the assistance of the Military made the effort to cordon off all the 294 sites of forest reserves in the country and rid them of illegal mining as we speak and we will continue to work to ensure that this situation remains permanent.

“This government is determined to fight galamsey no matter the cost in efforts,” the President assured.

President Akufo-Addo also urged the clergy to rally the citizenry on patriotic grounds, to ensure the country becomes a key player on the world stage .

The NUGCDPA Congress was themed: The Synodal Church and the Welfare of the Diosecan Priest in a Changing World.