Seven unlawful miners had been arrested yesterday at Oseikrom within the Birim North District of the Jap Area, for participating in improper mining actions, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
A joint safety taskforce, led by Deputy Minister of Lands and Pure Assets, George Mireku Duker, which performed a monitoring train resulting in the arrest, additionally decommissioned 19 changfans and different unlawful mining gear on the mining website.
The train was to allow the Deputy Minister familiarise himself with actions of Operation Halt II, which was deployed earlier this 12 months, to curb ‘galamsey.’
Mr Duker cautioned that the battle towards unlawful mining was in full swing and that the seven suspects could be prosecuted to function deterrent to others.
The minister famous that some miners died participating in related actions within the space a while in the past, and authorities cautioned the folks to cease the unlawful actions.
Mr Duker lamented the hard-heartedness of unlawful miners and chided them for breaking the nation’s legal guidelines with impunity.
Mr Duker reiterated authorities’s dedication to crackdown on unlawful mining to make sure the preservation of the nation’s inexperienced vegetation and water our bodies, and appealed to the general public to help the federal government within the battle.
“It is extremely worrying that Ghanaians are ingesting from diverted water that has been polluted by mercury. Farmers are additionally complaining that their farms are being destroyed”.
“The Pra River has been diverted and polluted and I consider it’s time for all Ghanaians to return on board to assist battle it. We can not battle it alone. All fingers have to be on deck to battle unlawful mining,” the Deputy Minister acknowledged.
He counseled the Operation Halt II for the positive factors chalked in flushing out ‘galamseyers’ from the forest reserve.
Mr Duker mentioned some officers of the ministry and its companies had been on tour of the Jap Area to have first-hand info of the operations of the ‘anti-galamsey’ taskforce.
FROM CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS, BIRIM NORTH DISTRICT