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Parliament’s Assurances c’ttee to track gov’t promises

Parliament’s Government Assurance Committee is expected to embark on verification visits across the country to assess the state of some government projects as promised in Parliament. The Committee is tasked by the house to track promises and assurances made by government officials on the floor of Parliament. According to its Chairman, Yaw Frimpong Addo, the Committee will focus primarily on ...

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Operation Vanguard boss laments ‘slow’ prosecution of ‘galamseyers’

The National Commander of the government’s anti-galamsey taskforce, Operation Vanguard, has expressed frustration with what he says is the slow pace of prosecution of illegal miners arrested by the task-force. According to him, over a thousand illegal miners have been arrested since the task-force started its work, but less than hundred of them have so far been convicted. He believes ...

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Operation Vanguard has been a success – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has described as successful, the work of Operation Vanguard, the team tasked to enforce the government’s campaign against illegal mining activities in the country. According to the President, although few challenges have been recorded, the operation has largely been worthwhile. Operation Vanguard was launched by President Akufo-Addo in July 2017 after an intense media campaign, led by ...

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Ignore critics and work – Nana Addo to Operation Vanguard

President Akufo-Addo has urged members of the government’s anti-galamsey task-force Operation Vanguard in the Eastern Region, to remain focused despite criticisms of their operations. He said he was proud about their work, and encouraged them not to be disturbed by the allegations by some Ghanaians they were conniving with illegal miners. President Akufo-Addo made the statement when he visited the ...

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Galamsey fight far from being successful – Kwesi Anning

Security expert, Kwesi Anning, says Ghana has a long way to go in ending illegal mining. According to him, the work done by government so far to clamp down on the illegality, is far from being described as successful. “Over a high point of 10, I will give about 5.5. In this galamsey fight, we have not arrested the people ...

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Use of weapons by ‘galamseyers’ troubling – Operation Vanguard Commander

Colonel William Agyapong, the outgoing Commander of Operation Vanguard, the task-force responsible for ending illegal mining across the country, is alarmed over the discovery of sophisticated arms owned and used by illegal miners in the country. He said the anti-galamsey team retrieved 58 different firearms indicating that the illegal miners had become sophisticated. In an interview with Citi News, Col. ...

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Punishment for ‘galamseyers’ too weak – Operation Vanguard commander

The outgoing Commander of Operation Vanguard, Colonel William Agyapong, has expressed worry about the weight of punishment meted out to illegal miners arrested by the anti-galamsey task-force. According to him, the sentences given by the judiciary to the suspects were not deterrent enough, and was a major disincentive to the fight against illegal mining in the country. The anti-galamsey task-force ...

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3 arrested soldiers not members of Operation Vanguard – GAF

The three soldiers arrested by some residents of Tarkwa in the Western Region for allegedly extorting monies from them, are not members of government’s Operation Vanguard Task-force, according to the Ghana Armed Forces. The Director of Public Relations of the Armed Forces, Lt. Colonel Eric Aggrey Quarshie, who  said this, explained  that, the three were rather “men from the Air-force base ...

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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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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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