500 EXCAVATORS, 1,148 DREDGES SEIZED SO FAR IN GHANA’S WAR ON ILLEGAL MINING
ACCRA ,Ghana's Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, says 500 excavators have so far been retrieved from mining sites and 1,148 dredges seized from major rivers in the country as part of the government's efforts to put an end to illegal mining activities in the country.
The Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Innovation and Technology to combat illicit mining and crack the whip against those involved, Amewu said when he toured mining sites in various districts of the country's Eastern Region (Province) Wednesday.
The visits followed the ultimatum the Minister issued to illegal miners three weeks ago to evacuate their machines and leave all mining sites. The ultimatum expired on Tuesday.
The team led by the Minister, comprising officials of the Minerals Commission as well as police personnel, visited a number of communities in the districts. Some illegal miners who were working at different localities abandoned thes site upon seeing the team. There were excavators abandoned at the mining sites while others were parked in front of houses.
The Minister called on the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate with the Minerals Commission in monitoring the various miming sites to enable licensed mining firms are able to reclaim the land.
He said there was a need for a sustained fight against illegal mining and called for collective efforts by all stakeholders, including traditional chiefs, land owners, the media, civil society organizations and politicians to help stop the practice.
The government, he assred, would sustain the fight for the next five years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK