- According to them, the president assured them of support, when he went to campaign there last year
- The minister of Lands and Natural Resources has however stated that the president is more interested in enforcing the right methods in mining, not the act itself
- About 400 security officials have been tasked to clamp down on illegal mining in three region
Some residents of Konongo, who are involved in illegal mining activities, are wondering why the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo has decided to bring in military personnel.
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According to them, ‘galamsey’ is their main source of livelihood, and as such the recent decision to involve military men is a wrong course of action.
It was recently disclosed that about 400 security men have been tasked to put a stop to the activities of the illegal miners. Codenamed “Operation Vanguard”, the exercise would be focused on the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions, in the first phase of military involvement in eradicating illegal mining activities.
The miners claim that, as there are no jobs in the country, they resort to their galamsey, as a means to cater for their families.
They added that the sole reason they voted for the sitting president, was because they believed he would help boost their business.
Information available indicate that the president, in the heat of the campaign, gave the assurance that he would do all he can to sustain their business. This, was reportedly captured on tape.
The minister of Lands and Natural Resoures, John Amewu, at the launch of the joint task force, stated that the president is focused on putting a stop to the wrong methodologies used in mining, and not the activity itself.
He added that methods used by some of the miners destroy farmlands and water bodies.
The miners have however denied responsibility.
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