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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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Gov’t will start paying allowances to sub-chiefs soon – Minister

The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Hon Kofi Dzamesi has assured the National House of Chiefs of the government’s plans to pay all gazetted Chiefs in the country allowances before the end of the first term of the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration. Speaking at the general meeting of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs in Koforidua, Mr Kofi Dzamesi ...

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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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Be firm and incorruptible – Otumfuo to Operation Vanguard

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has charged the anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard to be firm and incorruptible in the discharge of its duties. He advised members of the task force not to allow themselves to be induced in its bid to protect the interest of the nation. He pledged his unflinching support for the taskforce and urged them not to ...

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Operation Vanguard so far : 294 illegal miners arrested

Sixty-four (64) illegal miners have been apprehended and arrested by government’s anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard. The latest arrest brings to 294 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. [contextly_sidebar id=”tGWBNXMiTgxdQVP4Qawl0Z3GSvN5Kpra”]The team, which is led by the Minister for  Environment, Science, Technology  and Innovation, ...

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29 ‘galamseyers’ fined GHc15m over Atewa forest mining

A Koforidua Circuit Court has found guilty some 29 foreigners who invaded and mined in the Atewa Forest Reserve. They, together, are to cough up a little over GHc15 million or serve a three-year jail term. The 29 were rounded up on January 26, 2017 by a joint Military Police and Forestry Task-force, led by Palmer Aikins Amponsah, the Forest ...

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Operation Vanguard arrests over 90 more illegal miners

Government’s anti-illegal mining task force, Operation Vanguard has arrested some ninety three illegal miners. This brings the total number of arrested illegal miners to one hundred and eighty three. [contextly_sidebar id=”jAjSuIyD51UVha3IeW6GuMoD0Ee2l6P2″]The miners were arrested in some illegal mining areas in the Ashanti, Eastern and Western Regions. All ninety arrested earlier have been arraigned in various parts of the country. The ...

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Stop small scale mining now – Amewu warns foreigners

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John-Peter Amewu has warned foreign nationals still engaging in small scale mining in Ghana to desist from it with immediate effect or face his wrath. According to him, such activities are against Ghana’s constitution adding that persons found culpable “would face the full rigors of the law.” [contextly_sidebar id=”G43ybQgs9YLyuAq9kW3B3lMtt0LnsRZE”]“All Foreigners who are still ...

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Four dead bodies retrieved near mining pit at Kwabeng

Four bodies have been retrieved from an abandoned mining pit at Kwabeng in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region. It is unclear how the four died, but a police report say they abandoned an excavator they were transporting to a mining site when they spotted the Operation Vanguard team tasked to stop mining activities in the country. The bodies ...

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Operators provoked us to burn excavators – Galamsey Task-Force

The government’s anti-illegal mining task-force, Operation Vanguard has been defending the reason why it set the equipment belonging to some illegal miners on fire. The taskforce has come under intense backlash for burning the excavators, instead of putting them to some purposeful use. [contextly_sidebar id=”F6tz8sg5riRx4K0OSVD5uxIIMgZXZfVn”]But the Commanding Officer for Operation Vanguard, Colonel William Agyapong told Citi News that the team ...

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