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Minister tasks anti-galamsey taskforce to deliver mandate

By
Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

Accra, July 25, GNA – Mr John Peter Amewu, the
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has called on the special
anti-galamsey taskforce to reverse the destruction of the environment caused by
the activities of the illegal miners.

He said government was focused on ensuring
that the menace was fully addressed and that mining in the country was done in
accordance with the law.

Mr Awemu made the call when he visited the
joint military and police anti-galamsey taskforce at the Bundase Training Camp
at Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

The taskforce, undertaking a three-week
training, christened: “Operation Halt Three” has an objective to help salvage
the polluted water sources, farmlands and forests as well as save lives of the
miners.

The team was trained in battle drills, advance
rifle marksmanship, and hasty crowd control and physical training to enable
them to uproot the canker. 

Many illegal miners have also lost their lives
operating in poorly dug pits to reach precious metals.

The taskforce forms part of the President’s
Special Initiative against Galamsey and resourced to pursue its objectives
adequately.

He said mining had been taking place in Ghana
for over 100 years and a lot more gold was mined from Ghana than Johannesburg
but the two countries were a complete mismatch when it comes to development.

Mr Amewu said the efforts to combat the menace
had yielded some positive results including a moratorium on the issuance of new
licenses for small-scale mining.

He said equipment impounded on the field would
be used to reclaim lands destroyed through galamsey.

Lieutenant General Obed Akwa, the Chief of the
Defence Staff, tasked the team to achieve success in its operations to preserve
the environment.

He asked the Military and the Police to
exhibit the highest professional standards in the discharge of their duties and
called for inter-agency and community collaboration to curtail the menace.

He urged media practitioners to be objective
and accurate in their reportage during the exercise.

The Minister’s entourage included Mr Benito
Owusu-Bio, the Deputy Minister, Mr Emmanuel Okyere, the National Security
Advisor, Colonel Eric Aggrey Quarshie, the Director of Public Relations of the
Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Air Commodore Amoah-Ayisi, the Director General of
Joint Operations, GAF, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Christian Tetteh
Yohuno, Director in-charge of Duties of the Ghana Police Service.

GNA

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