Professor Joshua Adebisi Omotosho, a visiting lecturer from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, has urged the Government not to succumb to pressure but remain resolute in its fight against galamsey.
He said the activities of galamsey had cost Ghana so much that, it would not be easily to recover the losses and called on the masses to offer the Government the needed support to clamp down the menace.
Prof Omotosho, was speaking at a public lecture on Wednesday as part of the University of Cape Coast’s (UCC) occasional lecture series on the topic “That songs are the most enduring memoirs of my childhood has implications for counselling, research and some feeding habits”.
He said farmlands, water bodies and many lives have been lost through galamsey activities, and as such should be halted.
“There are so many obstacles on what you have decided to do but the Government has to stick to its gun. The Government’s effort will surely yield positive results for all to see. Galamsey has cost Ghana so much, it will take years to recover,” He said.
He, however, urged the Government to go a step further to explore other avenues in the agricultural sector to create employment for those who might be disengaged as a result of the decision to end galamsey in the country.
He suggested to UCC to conduct an inter disciplinary research into other food crops which its findings, he believed could re-affirm the University as a trail-blazer institution both in its contribution to making improved living standards and in attracting huge local and foreign grants and awards.
Prof Omotosho admonished education instructors at all levels to incorporate music into their lessons to arouse students interest in the subjects they teach, make teaching friendly and also stimulate their intellectual development.
According to him, songs have special characteristics which ordinary learning materials did not have and were more easily decoded and retained than other types of materials and as such could be beneficial in the teaching of special subjects.