The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked Regional Security Councils in all mining regions to be the fulcrum for the enforcement of the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) in the country. The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Samuel A.Jinapor who disclosed this, said the move, will among others, help ensure effective security operations at all levels in curbing the menace of illegal mining.
He added that the security architecture of the management of the Lands and Natural Resources, rest with the Regional Security Council’s across the country, saying with “absolute commitment and teamwork, the government’s quest to protect Ghana’s forest cover and water bodies will be achieved.”
Mr. Jinapor stated this when he met members of the Northern Region Security Council in Tamale on Monday 4th October, during his one – day tour of the Northern Region.
The Northern Region, the sector minister said “remains the parent of all the five regions of the north with Tamale fast becoming the headquarters of Northern Africa with network from Burkina Faso, Mali among others.”
He also described Tamale as the city at the center of all developmental affairs in the northern sector, hence any challenge within the metropolis automatically will have shared consequences for the other regions.
To this end, Mr. Jinapor is entreating traditional authorities, opinion leaders, and government officials in these regions to safeguard the area.
The impounding of rosewood and the outright ban on the commodity as well as a soon-to-be rolled-out aggressive afforestation drive are among government’s measures in response to deforestation of the country’s forest cover.
Chairman of the Northern Region Security Council Mr. Shani Alhassan Shaibu confirmed the wanton encroachment of public lands, forest reserves, and sand winning adding its the novel challenge the REGSEC is battling with.
He hoped the current partnership with the Ministry will resolve many of these challenges and will go a long way to protect the natural resources of the country.