- Illegal miners did not bother to hide when they saw and heard the convoy of the Lands and Natural Resources Minister heading towards the Fure forest reserve
- The miners told some members of the press; they were not afraid of any sanctions
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Several months ago, rumors of soldiers and police officers closing in on illegal mining sites were enough reason for illegal miners to bolt when they see anyone in authority.
It is interesting to find out that illegal miners did not bother to hide when they saw and heard the convoy of the Lands and Natural Resources Minister heading towards the Fure forest reserve.
According to the JoyNews report filed by Latif Idris, the convoy, consisting of the minister, technical directors, and some soldiers, acted indifferently and passed right by illegal miners on the shoulders of the road that runs through the forest reserve in the Prestea-Huni-Valley District.
“These guys were operating just by the shoulders of the road. They are not doing it deep in the forest. It appears these guys are coming back with much more confidence and impunity.Not even the huge convey of the minister scared them,” the reporter said.
Interacting with them, the miners told some members of the press that they were not afraid of any sanctions.
There is a permeating belief among illegal miners that the government is softening its stance against their work as election beckons in December.
“They have in mind that it is an election year. They are taking advantage of the fact that 2020 is an election year,”, the reporter said.
In other news, the Registrar-General, Jemima Oware, has revealed that her department is in the process of dissolving companies that do not file their tax returns.
Oware indicated that “some big businesses in Ghana have not filed their returns and under the law, I can dissolve them.”
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