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One dead, several others trapped in galamsey pit at Ntotroso

One person has been confirmed dead, with several others believed to have been trapped after a mining pit in which they mining for the precious stone collapsed at Ntotroso, a farming community in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region. The 25 year deceased, only identified as Christian, and believed to be a Nigerian, and his colleagues, were ...

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Ban on small-scale mining will be extended – Amewu

Indications are that the ban on small-scale mining meant to sanitize the mining industry and curb illegal mining will be extended. The initial six-month ban was set to end in October 2017, but the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, has said the extension of the ban is inevitable because the moratorium had not achieved a substantial amount of ...

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Galamsey activities drop in Ashanti Region – Minister

Illegal mining activities in the Ashanti Region have reduced following the introduction of Operation Vanguard. This is according to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah. [contextly_sidebar id=”igwSGaGHi5NvQzi3Z5Hnk56uyE3paK9t”]Addressing regional heads of department and agencies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, during a Regional Coordinating Council meeting, Simon Osei Mensah said “since the introduction of Operation Vanguard, there has been ...

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Operation Vanguard task-force arrests 362 illegal miners

The joint military/police task-force set up to enforce the ban on illegal mining, to help save the environment, has been making progress in delivering on its mandate. It has so far arrested 362 suspected illegal miners including some Chinese nationals, and has seized a number of mining equipment. [contextly_sidebar id=”fh6RU2V0LEtcVIb11iQzNvra5DCzNCvA”]The equipment include over 1,500 ‘chang fa’ and water pumping machines. ...

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We’re procuring drones worth $3m for galamsey fight – Amewu

Government says it is in the process of procuring drones worth $3 million to augment the fight against illegal mining also known as galamsey in the country. Speaking to Citi News’ Kojo Agyeman, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu said this is part of a grand strategy to effectively clamp down on illegal miners. [contextly_sidebar id=”zT3D8AMLJCUOgOqUBKAgfWK8rBpM2CuV”]“We are ...

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We’ll biometrically register small scale miners – Amewu

Government has announced that it will soon register all small scale miners across the country biometrically. The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement said this will help the Ministry to effectively monitor small scale miners’ activities. [contextly_sidebar id=”pTrZ5vyAV7lskIFAfCOWNgtnh3nfQMkS”]“I can assure you that there is going to be a biometric registration of all small scale ...

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Gov’t should’ve engaged us in galamsey fight – Small-scale miners

The fight against illegal mining would have been better served if government engaged small-scale miners instead of banning them, a spokesperson for small-scale miners in the Ashanti Region has suggested. The spokesperson, Francis Opoku, noted that the government kept aligning small scale miners with illegalities hence their protest in Kumasi on Tuesday. [contextly_sidebar id=”4RPZYTSmi7MwWkQIAt3OQSh0GMHorirL”]The protest was against the government’s temporary ban ...

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Kumasi: 10 arrested in protest over mining ban

Police had to fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of small-scale miners in Kumasi who were protesting against the government’s temporary ban on all forms of small-scale mining in the country. In the course of the demonstration, 10 of the protesters were arrested by police for breaching the terms of the public order Act. The Ashanti Regional Police PRO, ASP Juliana ...

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Nana Addo urges GBA to support corruption, galamsey fight

President Akufo-Addo has reiterated his government’s commitment fearlessly fight corruption in the country and has called on members of the judiciary to support the cause. Akufo-Addo was speaking at the Bar Conference held in Sunyani on Monday. “We all know that if we do not get a hanger on corruption, we will not be able to develop our nation. By ...

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Minister rallies chiefs to lead fight against illegal mining

Chiefs have been urged to take centre stage in the fight to stop illegal mining and safeguard the country’s environment. Mr. Kofi Dzamesi, the Minister for Chieftaincy Affairs, said they owed it a duty to themselves and posterity to protect the forest and water bodies. [contextly_sidebar id=”smMHqjV7eXtm4OMXYMDMm82j5wrGxrNz”]He made the call when he addressed the general meeting of the Eastern Regional ...

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