Illegal mining has been a major headache for past governments in the country
Western Regional Minister Ebenezer Teye Addo admonished chiefs in the region on Wednesday to stop allocating land for illegal mining without recourse to regulations.
He noted that chiefs play crucial roles in the fight against illegal mining popularly known as "galamsey."
Addo said galamsey is a socio-economic canker that is polluting the river bodies and degrading the environment.
The minister gave the warning in his maiden address during this year's first general meeting of the Regional House of Chiefs in Sekondi.
Addo expressed regret that cocoa farms, rubber and oil palm plantations and other economic activities are under threat due to the illegal activities of miners.
The minister entreated the chiefs to adopt traditional approaches in resolving chieftancy disputes amicably to promote unity and peace.
Osagyefo Kwamina Enimil, President of the House, enumerated a number of challenges confronting the region and appealed to the minister to use his office to find a solution for them to facilitate rapid growth.
Osagyefo Enimil, also Paramount Chief of Wassa Fiase, listed some of the problems as the deplorable road network, illegal mining activities, highway robbery and poor rail lines.