- Government has assured the country of its commitment to fight the galamsey menace
- Police and Military personnel will be deployed on Monday to noted areas where the activity is most intense
- They will protect life and property from the damage the galamseyers cause, while also protecting the sites of mining companies in agreement with the Lands Ministry
About four hundred military and police personnel will be deployed to various mining settlements across the country to fight against the illegal mining activity known as Galamsey.
This move marks the first step by government as part of its war on the activity, that has caused damage to many of the country’s natural resources.
The deployed force will be tasked with patrolling areas known for extensive galamsey activity in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern Regions.
Reports indicate that this first batch to be deployed are part of the Anti-Galamsey Task Force initiated by government to end the mining menace.
The Lands and Natural Resource Minister, John Peter Amewu had earlier announced the decision to send in troops from the Military and Police Force to ensure the ban on galamsey was adhered to.
He reiterated the commitment government had made to fight the illegal mining menace and bring all defaulters to book.
The task force will be in charge of protecting life and property from damages caused by galamsey, while also ensuring the mining sites of 20 large-scale mining companies are protected from the illegal miners.
These companies signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry, following the threats by the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) to face off with security agencies at their mining concessions, to prove they had the legal rights to work on those sites.
Among the companies named in the agreement are; Gold Fields Ghana Limited Tarkwa, Abosso Gold Fields Limited Damang, AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem, AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi ,Golden Star Resources Limited Bogoso/Prestea, Golden Star Wassa Limited Wassa , Ghana Manganese Company Nsuta.
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