Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has revealed that the services of marine police will soon be deployed to compliment government’s anti-galamsey task force, Operation Vanguard.
He explained that government remained committed to ensuring the growth of the mining sector but insisted that illegal miners will be dealt with it so long as Operation Vanguard is still functioning under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
[contextly_sidebar id=”RZcOOIg0Cu7Busi8R8A80lELg5OZZM81″]“Nobody is stopping mining, mining will continue to go on still whether it is small or big, but it must be legal. It must be coordinated and it must be regulated so the President decided to form a taskforce with the Military and the Police, 400 men to go and stop illegal mining or Galamsey,” he said.
He further indicated that the state of water bodies has not changed so government is involving the navy to go augment the efforts of the operation vanguard who were already there, the engineering regiment has also moved in to assist to control the activities of illegal mining.
Government set up the anti-illegal mining tax force to flush out illegal miners from mining areas.
Their work has however been hampered by miners on water bodies who often outwit them leading to this latest measure.
The Defence Minister said the government was bent on ending illegal mining.
He pleaded with Ghanaians to support and help government curb this situation once and for all.
By: Eugenia Tenkorang & Farida Yusif/citifmonline.com/Ghana