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06 July 2017

Military personnel to be deployed to galamsey sites this week – Amewu

The government will this week deploy military personnel to the nine mining district across the country as part of measures to sustain the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.

The move comes three months after government declared war against the illegal activity.

According to Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu the deployment has become necessary to completely end the menace and forge sustainable ways of mining activities in the country.

“We will only come to a conclusion when we are able to completely eradicate this illicit mining and reform the sector. The Ghana Armed Forces, the Navy, Police, and all the other forces are only this week are going to be deployed to the various galamsey sites and they are going to stay there for a long period,” Mr Amewu told media men.

The decision by government comes on the back of a fatal incident in the Prestea-Huni Valley that saw at least 17 persons killed at Nsuta after galamsey pit caved in on them.

Reports say about 19 illegal miners sneaked to the old galamsey pit to mine when the incident happened.

Meanwhile 48hrs after the collapsed illegal mining pit, just one of the bodies trapped has so far been retrieved.

 

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