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Military/Police anti-galamsey taskforce deployed to combat illegal mining


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By
Godwill Arthur- Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA – A
four hundred joint military/police anti-galamsey taskforce have been deployed
to three regions in the country to enforce the ban on illegal small-scale
mining.

The troops would be
sub-divided into three and deployed to Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions.

The taskforce had
undergone a two-week robust training at the Bundase Training C

By
Godwill Arthur- Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA – A
four hundred joint military/police anti-galamsey taskforce have been deployed
to three regions in the country to enforce the ban on illegal small-scale
mining.

The troops would be
sub-divided into three and deployed to Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions.

The taskforce had
undergone a two-week robust training at the Bundase Training Camp, which
equipped them with the necessary orientation, guidelines and essential skills
needed for the operation.

A ceremony held at the
Burma Camp on Monday to launch the anti-galamsey operation code named,
“Operation Vanguard”.

The government had
early this year issued a six-month moratorium on small-scale mining and ordered
all excavators to be evaluated from mining communities.

President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces had
pledged his unflinching commitment and support to end the galamsey menace.

The unbridled
exploitation of the environment, including the pollution of water bodies and
degradation of farmlands due to the activities of the illegal mining pre-empted
the setting up of the taskforce to halt the phenomenon.

About one million
people are involved in the chain of mining activities in the country, including
foreigners.

The Minerals and
Mining Act, Act 703 of 2006 and the Amended Act, Act 900 of 2015 reserved
small-scale mining to only Ghanaians.

Some dignitaries that
graced the ceremony included the Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Obed
Akwa, the Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante-Apeatu and government
officials.

GNA


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