Environmentalists Reaction To Questionable Gesture

Chinese donation to police administration raises several questions regarding the possible motive behind the move, considering that most Chinese nationals in Ghana have been tagged perpetual illegal miners.

The Ghana police administration has received a huge sum of money from some Chinese societies in the country. The Chairman of the Ghana Association of Chinese Societies and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAITEC Group, Tang Hong donated a whopping amount of Ghc 50,000 to the Police.

The said amount of money was given the Police, to support the construction of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) Headquarters at the Nima Police Station.

This according to reports was after some officials met them for assistance. Making the donation, Mr. Tao Hong noted that he was touched when COP/Mrs. Osei-Poku approached him for assistance for the construction of the facility.

The amount was received on behalf of the police administration by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu. The Inspector general thanked the donor and assured that the money would be used judiciously for the intended purpose.

This is not the first time Mr. Tao Hong is making such donation to a government body. According to reports, Mr. Tao Hong made a similar donation of some motorbikes on separate occasions in 2016 to the Police.

This recent gesture by the Chinese has raised questions among stakeholders who believe there could be more to the donations. Barely 24-hours after the Chinese societies donated the amount of GHc 50,000 to the Police administration, the Inspector General of Police David Asante-Apeatu has come under massive pressure to return it.

Questions have been raised regarding the motive behind the donation, considering the fact that the Chinese have wrecked havoc to the Ghanaian environment, by literally polluting water bodies through the practice of galamsey -illegal mining. The menace of illegal mining in Ghana can never be reported without the inclusion of the Chinese. These galamsey operato from China, are said to operate through the help of cabals nationally and internationally, who aid their illicit activities.

It is in this regard that a section of Ghanaians -mostly environmentalists, have questioned the moral justification in accepting such an amount from the same people whose ‘brothers’ are causing life-threatening havoc in the country.

A rather distasteful impression has been created by the report that some Chinese societies made a donation of GHc 50,000 to the Police.

Reports have been making rounds in the media, about the arrest of some Chinese whom were caught illegally mining at river Ankobrah Nzema East Municipality on March 25. The recent nabbing of the Asians is however, only one out of the countless cases of illegal mining by the Chinese in the country.

More so, the fight against galamsey has been met with so much pressure from Chinese nationals; who have greatly argued the business is legal, despite the Ghanaian government tagging it illegal mining. Government indeed has labelled the practice of galamsey as illegal mining due to the gross environmental pollution which the practice has subjected Ghana to.

This is why the Chinese donation to Police authorities have been greatly questioned. The fact that the donation was reportedly made to support the construction of the Police Intelligence center, now raises the following questions;

-Are the Chinese trying to influence the police to turn a blind eye on their galamsey operations?

-Do the Chinese through their donation, prove they truly want to help the police to combat ‘crimes’ which also include the destruction of rivers and farms through galamsey?

While these questions remain unanswered; environmentalists have continued to stress that accepting a donation from Chinese societies at a time like this, is rather insensitive on the part of authorities.

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