Three illegal miners have been confirmed dead after a pit they dug to search for gold caved in at Kokotro in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti region on Friday 30th March.
According to a citifmonline.com report, the three; Augustine Opoku, 17, Evans Mensah, 20 and Emmanuel Aidoo, 19, are all natives of Subriso in the municipality.
Confirming the incident to journalists, Chief Executive for the Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Kwaku Kyei Baffour said the three young men had dug a pit of about 10 to 20 ft depth to search for the nugget after it rained in the area. He said the pit is yet to be covered.
“What happened is enough a warning to whoever wants to go and do same. We have warned the people through the Assembly member in the area, and we have also organized community durbars to warn them to desist from such acts,” he indicated.
Mr Kyei Baffour also said the Assembly would organize a series of engagements with communities within the area to sensitize them on the dangers of entering into pits to carry out illegal mining activities.
The bodies have been deposited at the Akomaa Memorial Hospital at Korchia for preservation and autopsy.
Government and the media have started a campaign on illegal mining since last year so save Ghana's forest resources, water bodies and human lives. However, recent reports indicate that some illegal miners are still into the practice.
Meanwhile, military men have also been deployed to galamsey prone areas to enforce new directives from government against illegal mining.
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