- The minister stated that such a move would eliminate illegal mining in two months
- He cautioned against any attempt to attack or disarm a military officer
- He suggested the chiefs and the people should report officers who misconduct themselves
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The minister of defense, Dominic Nitiwul has appealed to chiefs to work closer with the country’s security agencies, so as end illegal mining, popularly called ‘galamsey’.
The minister believes that better results would be achieved in the areas of preservation of lives and property, when the chiefs work hand in hand with the security personnel.
He added that the core responsibility of the security men was to protect citizens, as well as possessions. They are also to work with the chiefs to clamp down on the illegal mining activities.
Nitiwul was of the opinion that, the preferred situation was where the traditional rulers and the soldiers can coordinate their activities and rid the communities of ‘galamsey’ activities, without bloodshed.
He was convinced that if such an arrangement could peacefully be carried out, ‘galamsey; would be eliminated in two months.
He went on advise the chiefs to report any security officer who may misconduct himself. He cautioned against any attempt to disarm them, as that could lead to dire consequences.
The minister’s advice comes on the heels of a recent spate of civilian – soldier altercations, some instances in which lives have been lost.
A recent one that readily comes to mind is the fate of the late Major Maxwell Mahama, who was allegedly attacked by the residents of Denkyira – Obuasi, in the Central region.
The reason, according to inhabitants of the community, was that he was mistaken for an armed robber.
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