Illegal mining: Gov’t to deploy 220 mining guards in April 2019

Illegal mining: Gov’t to deploy 220 mining guards in April 2019

The government has disclosed plans of deploying the first batch of 220 mining guards across the country in April 2019.

This follows persistent efforts by illegal miners in the Western North region to continue with their activities.

A visit to some of the areas in Diaso, Wassa in the Western Region confirmed large portions of Ghana’s rain forest destroyed by activities of small-scale miners in the Diaso forest.

A group of illegal miners arrested

Source: UGC

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Despite the measures put in place to curb the menace, some people continue to flout the rules of engagement in responsible and environmentally friendly mining, understands.

The mining guards will therefore complement the efforts of the officers of Operation Vanguard.

Per a report, the mining guards have undergone training in surveillance, ethics of security services, as well as appropriate ways of effecting arrests of illegal miners.

They would serve as focal persons on mining of all forms, including small-scale gold mining, sand winning, quarrying and other industrial mineral operations in satellite areas set up by the Minerals Commission.

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