Galamsey: Equipment of illegal miners to be destroyed on site – Defence Minister

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Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has revealed that any seized illegal small scale mining (galamsey) equipment will be destroyed on site henceforth.

He revealed that per the new directive the seized equipment will be destroyed by the military officers at the galamsey site.

This is in line with the deployment of some 200 military men to man Ghana’s water bodies.

The men have been tasked to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from all water bodies across the country, effective Wednesday 28 April 2021.

A statement issued and signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the military officers have been dispatched for the exercise.

The directive is coming barely two weeks after a two-day National Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining in Accra to find solution to the illegal mining menace.

Speaking to the media on Friday April 30 2021, Minister for defence, Dominic Nitiwul, said no equipment will be transported to Accra.

 “We are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home, they will all be destroyed on site. No excavator, nothing will come back home.”

“When they sweep pass the place they will be constantly monitoring of what they have done by Ghana Armed Forces and so don’t think you will go back,” Nitiwul told press men..

In a related development, Communications Director for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, Abdul Razark Alhassan, has asked the Akufo Addo government to come clear on the particular security agency fighting the galamsey menace.

“ We have no qualms with the deployment of 200 security officers, it’s a good initiative. We only have issues in the enforcement. The deployment of  Operation Vanguard, Operation calm lives, Galamstop, National security etc caused the failure of fight in the first round. We were hoping that in this second round the government will assign the fight to a particular security agency to deal with the illegal menace,” Abdul Razark Alhassan explained.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa