- The Army has been urged to support government’s war against galamsey
- President Akufo-Addo told the GAF to rise to the occasion in stopping this devastating activity in the country
President Nana Akufo-Addo has charged the Ghana Armed Forces to lead the fight against illicit small-scale mining (galamsey) in the country.
The Commander in Chief of the Army noted that Ghanaians expect the military to be at the forefront and support the other stakeholders in this national fight.
Speaking at the Presentation of Colours to the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment at a ceremony at the Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp, Accra, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “Ghanaians will continue to rely on the efforts of our security services, with the Armed Forces in the forefront, to help deal with the problem.”
He also assured the GAF, the country is grateful for their efforts in ensuring peace and order in the country and at our borders.
“All of us owe a great debt of gratitude to you, the men and women of the Armed Forces, for being prepared to put your lives on the line to keep our nation safe, safeguard our sovereignty, and protect our territorial integrity. As the saying goes, you are the salt of the earth,” he said.
The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu has accused some military officers for offering protection for some foreigners who were mining illegally.
The minister’s allegations led to an order for a probe into the matter by the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul.
The Military High Command on Friday noted that it has concluded investigations into the alleged involvement of some soldiers in the protection of illegal mining sites in the Ashanti Region.
The report has been forwarded to the President for perusal.
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