- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that the government will soon roll out a sustainable programme on the deployment of soldiers to areas where illegal mining in water bodies is rife
- This according to him will be a trusted roadmap in ensuring that people engaging in illegal mining are flushed out
-He also added that this measure is meant to help the government deal with illegal mining issues
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The Akufo-Addo-led government seems really serious about its resolve to put an end to the illegal act of mining in water bodies.
The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that the government will soon roll out a sustainable programme on the deployment of soldiers to areas where illegal mining in water bodies is rife.
This according to him will be a trusted roadmap in ensuring that these people engaging in the illegal act are flushed out and dealt with.
Oppong Nkrumah also added that this measure is meant to help the government deal with illegal mining issues conclusively.
Meanwhile, Oppong Nkrumah in a subsequent interview with Citi News said all persons mining in the forest reserves will be flushed out.
“The Ministry of Defense and the Ghana Armed Forces would roll out in detail what the sustainability plan is to ensure that this time we get a lot more results even beyond what we got for the first time. The forest reserves are no-go areas for mining. It’s not about legal or illegal. That is why the president has authorised this operation of the Ghana Armed Forces to remove all persons and logistics that are being used for mining, and they are starting on the River Pra.”
Earlier, President Akufo-Addo gave an order for the deployment of soldiers to mining areas to clamp down on activities by illegal miners.
The soldiers, numbering 200 have been poled together to undertake this operation which started on Wednesday morning, April 28, 2021, at 6 am.
The deployed soldiers are expected to remove all those engaging in the illegal act and also destroy the logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.
The operation started on River Pra in the Central and Western regions.
According to a communique sighted by YEN.com.gh, the operation was ordered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
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