- Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has applauded the government for its fight against illegal mining
- He however stated that there was no plan to effectively deal with the menace
- A ban on illegal mining, which resulted in the withdrawal of some licenses, was enforced earlier this year
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Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, popularly known as General Mosquito has lauded the current government for its fight against illegal mining.
General Mosquito, is currently the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), stated that it is essential to protect the country’s natural resources.
In a report by mynewsgh.com, he said that the canker was destroying water bodies, and as such needed to be halted.
He made the statement in an interview with Atinka FM on Thursday 8th December 2017.
This was his response when asked if he believed there was something worth commending the government for, in its first year in office.
“The idea of fighting illegal mining to save our natural resources is a good thing and I must commend them”, he stated.
He was however quick to add that there were no clearly defined measures during the implementation process to fight the menace.
As a result, he added, miners with genuine licenses were unable to operate.
Additionally, there was no clear plan for the deadline for the ban of their activities.
Earlier this year, the ministry of Lands and Natural Resources revoked the licenses of all small scale miners.
A ban was further placed on illegal mining, the reason for which was the destruction of water bodies.
Another objective was the reclamation of all damaged waterbodies and forests around the mining areas.
Notwithstanding these measures, some miners allegedly conduct their activities at odd hours when the taskforce, Operation Vanguard, is off duty.
Information available to YEN.com.gh indicates that Operation Vanguard is determined to make use of drones with infrared camera in the fight against illegal mining.
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