- According to the MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, some members of Operation Vanguard take bribes from illegal miners
- He added that the monies range between GHc6000 and GHc10,000
- He went on to say that those who refuse are usually forced to lie down and face the sun
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has claimed that members of the anti-galamsey taskforce, Operation Vanguard, are taking bribes from illegal miners.
Speaking on Oman FM’s ‘Boiling Point’, the lawmaker, this has become the norm in the communities where the illegal mining activities are prevalent.
He revealed that as the government puts in measures to curb the menace, members of the Operation Vanguard (OV) team are conniving with the illegal miners.
The MP went on to say that the miners pay various amounts to the taskforce, ranging from GHc6000 to GHc10,000.
“Operation Vanguard is now taking monies from the galamsey operators, and they allow them to go into the forest to mine. If you are not able to pay, you are arrested and asked to lie on the floor whilst facing the sun.”, he disclosed.
He therefore charged the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu to ensure that the issue is thoroughly investigated.
Operation Vanguard was launched by President Akufo-Addo in July 2017 after an intense media campaign to put pressure on government to curb activities of small-scale illegal miners. Activities of the miners have been negatively affecting the environment and the country’s water bodies.
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