President Mahama tagged Okyeman as notorious for illegal mining after he toured some sites last year.
But making a pit stop in the palace of the Paramount Chief of Abuakwa, Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Panin II, in his tour of the Eastern Region, President Mahama said his description was as a result of what he saw while airborne last year.
“The sight was heart-throbbing,” he said, “so I made the statement because of what I saw.”
He regretted the reaction the statement generated among the people and chiefs of Okyeman and “I know it worries you,” he said in Twi.
“So, I have retracted it.
“I know the galamsey problem is a problem for us all.”