Galamsey: Former MP lauds govt’s decision to burn seized equipment on site

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Edward Ennin , Former Member of Parliament for Obuasi East in the Ashanti Region, has lauded government’s decision to burn all seized equipments of illegal miners on site.

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

 “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,” Nitiwul told press men.

Commenting on the issue with Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, Edward Ennin , Former Member of Parliament for Obuasi East said the approach is a step in the right direction.

According to him, stringent measures like these would have curtailed the issue a long time ago.

“ We have played with the galamsey issue over the years. I am really happy with respect to the new development. We are in this country where seized equipments of illegal miners could not be accounted for”, he added.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa