Edward Ennin , Former Member of Parliament for Obuasi East in the Ashanti Region, says a DCE in one of the mining areas takes GHS100,000 bribe a month to allow illegal miners to operate.
The former lawmaker, who declined to mention names, says he is reliable informed that about 5 groups of illegal miners pay GHS20,000 each to a particular DCE in one of the mining areas in order to fuel the activities of illegal miners in the area.
Government has deployed over 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 had been dispatched for the exercise.
The directive came 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.
In an interview with Kaakyire Ofori Ayim on Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Edward Ennin , Former MP for Obuasi East, a mining area in the Aashanti Region, said he was also approached by these illegal miners during his time as MP.
He noted that these guys look out for weak politicians and lure them with money.
“ Every month about 5 groups of illegal miners pay GHS20,000 each to a DCE and so she takes over GHS100,000 a month and allow these guys to operate illegally. These guys look out for weak politicians and get them into it. The Obuasi East DCE for instance is actively involved in galamsey and I have reported her several times”, Former Member of Parliament for Obuasi East, Edward Ennin told Kakyire Ofori Ayim.
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