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Amansie West DISEC impounds 33 excavators; arrest illegal miners

The Amansie West District Security Council has impounded thirty-three (33) excavators that have been used by illegal miners in the area despite Government’s ban on their activities. Ten (10) of the excavators are currently at the premises of the Assembly. The council has collaborated with the operation Vanguard Taskforce to arrest Eighty-six (86) persons for engaging in the illegal activity. ...

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Group to petition AG, CJ for stiffer punishments for galamsey

The Convenor of the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, Kenneth Ashigbey, has hinted of plans to petition the Chief Justice and Attorney Genera,l to consider empowering the law courts to hand out harsh sentences to persons who engage in illegal mining in the country. He is optimistic that stiff and harsh punishment meted to offenders, will serve as a deterrent to residents ...

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Operation Vanguard involves navy in galamsey fight

In a bold attempt to augment the fight against illegal mining in Ghana’s water bodies, government’s anti-illegal mining task-force, Operation Vanguard, has now incorporated the services of the Ghana Navy. The move will now allow the task-force to effectively fight illegal miners who have been operating in the Ankobora, Pra and Brim Rivers. The miners, who are conversant with these ...

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U/East: Suspected galamsey kingpin arrested for robbery

An alleged illegal mining kingpin operating in the Gbane area of the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, Akwasi Appiah, popularly known as Akwasi Bantama, has been arrested by the police. He is accused of deploying some illegal miners with explosives into a Shaanxi Mining company site to steal gold ores. Akwasi Appiah’s activities are believed to have led to the ...

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61 Chinese arrested by Operation Vanguard task-force

Ninety-nine (99) illegal miners including 61 Chinese, have been arrested by government’s anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard. The latest arrest brings to 461 the number of illegal miners arrested so far. The arrests were made in Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions, the operational areas of the task-force. The joint military and police task-force was set up in August, to enforce the ban ...

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C/Region: Police officers undergo training to fight galamsey

As part of government’s resolve to end illegal mining, popularly called galamsey, the Central Regional Police Command is currently training twenty personnel in Accra to be drafted into the fight against the menace in that region. The training is meant to be replicate in the Central Region, anti-galamsey activities, just as it is being done by the combined military and ...

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Comprehensive anti-galamsey plan to cost $200m

The latest cost of the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP), has been pegged at $200 million, up by $50 million in the initial estimate put forth in a policy document. “The programme, Mr. Speaker, will be implemented for five years at a total cost of $200 million aimed at sanitizing the small-scale mining landscape” the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu revealed ...

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Mining ban may be extended by 3-months – Amewu

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has said his outfit will be seeking at least a three-month extension to the ban on all forms of small-scale mining when Cabinet convenes. According to him, the despite some positive results yielded so far in the fight against galamsey in the country, the outcome of the campaign, in general, is ...

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Ntotroso chief requests for Operation Vanguard to tackle galamsey

The Omanhene of the Ntotroso Traditional Area in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, Barima Twereku Ampem II, is appealing to President Nana Akufo Addo to dispatch Operation Vanguard Unit to the community to help fight the activities of illegal mining in the area. He assured government of the traditional council’s commitment and determination to support the ...

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Companies disrespecting mining ban won’t be spared – Amewu

The Lands and Natural Resources Ministry has said that all small-scale mining companies found to be hiding under the disguise of reclamation, but continue to mine, will not have their licenses renewed. The sector Minister, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement during a tour of C&G Alaska Mining Company, operating in the Amenfi East District of the Western Region on ...

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