Navy Personnel Deployed To Halt Galamsey Activities On Ankobra, Offin Rivers
Government has deployed a Platoon of Naval personnel to ward off illegal miners operating on the Ankobra and the Offin rivers. The move is to complement an operation recently undertaken by the Operation Halt Two team of the Ghana Armed Forces to prevent mining activities on water bodies. Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
has reaffirmed Government’s commitment to clamping down on the activities of illegal miners, especially on the water bodies. The Ministry has also advised all persons interested in understanding small-scale mining to also contact the appropriate offices of Minerals Commission for assistance. The Ministry indicated that the Minerals
Commission was ready to assist all interested persons in the allocation of the sites for small-scale mining and the distribution of mercury-free machines. A Public Relations update from the Ministry of Lands and Resources has warned that security agencies will deal ruthlessly with persons found to have engaged in illegal small-scale
mining, popularly known as Galamsey. The statement further said the deployment of the officers follows the decision by the Minerals Commission and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to step up protection of the water bodies following the recent viral videos of galamsey activities on Offin River.