- Dominic Nitiwul has announced that any equipment used by the illegal small scale miners in galamsey will be destroyed at once
- He said the military officers deployed will ensure that the equipment is destroyed and torched before leaving the area
- Nitiwul added that no gadget or equipment would be kept to be later on returned to Accra
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The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has announced that any equipment used by the illegal small-scale miners in galamsey will be destroyed at once.
According to him, the military officers deployed to the galamsey areas will ensure that the equipment is destroyed and torched before leaving the area.
In a report filed by 3news.com, Nitiwul added that no gadget or equipment would be kept to be later on returned to Accra.
“We are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home, they will all be destroyed on site. No excavator, nothing will come back home,” he said
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
In a related development, two Chinese nationals have been arrested in the Western Region for illegal small-scale mining.
The two Chinese illegal miners were arrested at their rented residence at Ateiku in the Western Region.
The miners, who were protected by armed guards, were operating at a site in Patatwumso.
The arrest was made by the Wassa East District Security Council and the Ghana Police Service.
Meanwhile, 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.
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