Obuasi (Ash), The nation’s drive to save the environment from being destroyed through illegal mining has accelerated with deployment of the marine component of the joint military/police taskforce (Operation Vanguard).
Equipped with assault boats, outboard motors, life jackets and other naval equipment, they would be operating in the Eastern and Western Regions.
Commander of the Taskforce, Colonel William Agyapong, was on hand to receive the naval personnel at the Western Forward Operating Base and reminded them to be professional in the performance of their assigned task.
Their operations would cover major and minor rivers including Pra, Daboase, Ankobra and Birim.
The Taskforce as of October 16, had conducted 175 operations and arrested 442 illegal miners including 62 Chinese, two Togolese, one Nigerian and a Burkinabe.
It had additionally seized 83 excavators, 150 water pumps, in excess of 1,350 Chang fa platforms and other mining equipment.
The expectation is that the insertion of the marine component into the operation would significantly help to reduce the pollution of water bodies.
Col Agyapong expressed satisfaction with the way things had go so far.
Source: Ghana News Agency