Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, says the government will soon launch a sustainability program based on military deployment to flush out illegal miners operating in the country’s water bodies.
According to him, it is to assist the government in conclusively dealing with the illegal mining issues.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 200 military personnel were deployed to flush out illegal miners who were destroying the country’s water bodies.
The Ghana Armed Forces made this decision in response to a directive from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to a statement from the Information Ministry, the operation began on the Pra River in the Central and Western Regions.
“In furtherance of the resolution of the final communiqué of the Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining held on April 14 and 15, and to ensure that mining within water bodies is immediately halted, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has authorized the Ghana Armed Forces to launch an operation to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.”
“The operation began at 0600 hours on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the Pra River in Ghana’s Central and Western Regions. Officers from the Ghana armed forces totaled two hundred (200) are involved in the operation.
In a subsequent interview with Citi News, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stated that all miners in the forest reserves would be flushed out.
“The Ministry of Defense and the Ghana Armed Forces will detail the sustainability plan to ensure that we get a lot more results this time, even beyond what we got the first time. Mining is prohibited in forest reserves. It is not a question of legality or illegality. That is why the president has authorized the Ghana Armed Forces to remove all persons and logistics used for mining, and they are beginning on the River Pra.”