- The Defense Minister has said the rough tactics by the Operation Vanguard is due to provocation by the illegal miners
- He said there are new guidelines in place to avoid any more of such actions
Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defense has said the efforts bythe anti-galamsey task force called ‘Operation Vanguard’ in the illegal mining hotspots are being thwarted by angry galamseyers.
He disclosed some miners have devised means to still carry out their activities while leaving the task force no chance at all to disrupt their work.
Mr. Nitiwul, according to a Kasapa FM report, stated that the task force may overstepped their limits with the burning of the mining equipment, but it is only because they are pushed to take rough tactics by the illegal miners.
“This was not part of the terms of reference that was given Operation Vanguard, we have realigned ourselves to make sure that some of these excesses don’t happen again but I’m just putting out some of the practical difficulties Taskforce are facing on the grounds,” Mr. Nitiwul said.
He lauded the communities around these galamsey hotspots, thanking the people and chiefs for their cooperation in helping them fight the menace.
He stated that there Operation Vanguard force will certainly find the illegal miners, who still disregard the new laws against the activity, and bring them to book.
The Defense Minister was reacting to the public criticisms about the burning of some mining equipment that was seized from a mining company in the Eastern Region.
The Extra Gold Company at Akyem Banso was reportedly besieged by some personnel of the task force, seizing some excavators and setting them on fire.
A video of a miner whose excavators were set on fire emerged on social media, as he cried and cursed President Akufo-Addo for taking away his source of income.
The video brought to the public’s mind questions of the how far the task force will go, to wipe out the illegal mining menace.
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