The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio on 5th January 2022 directed the management of Kingsperp Mining limited in Manso – Aboaboso in the Amansie South district of the Ashanti Region to cease all forms of mining activities with immediate effect while government investigates the 1st January clashes between security personnel of the mining company and some community members.
The directive follows the burning of two excavators and one Nissan pick up vehicle belonging to the company and injury of a community member. Mr Owusu-Bio however added that the firm should device safety measures towards guarding their equipment. The eam’s mission also included ascertaining the veracity of the incident.
He was on a ‘fact finding mission’ together with key heads of departments of the ministry to ascertain the facts of the incident and announce government’s commitment to resolving the impasse.
“We are here today to confirm the situation and identify the security risk involve and engage with you on the possible way forward” he indicated during a fact finding mission on 5th January.
He said government will deploy the ‘Operation Halt II Taskforce’ to clampdown on illegalities in forest reserves and water bodies across all mining districts. He also called for calm between the feuding factions charging them to enschew acts that hinder peaceful coexistence.
He also touched reclamation edforts by the government.
“Portions of the Apaparama and the oda forest reserves close to the Oda River which have seen some mining activities will be reclaimed,” he added.
Mr Owusu-Bio urged members of the District Security Council (DISEC) not to relent on their role as security and law enforcement arm in their jurisdiction.
The District Chief Executive for Amansie South, Mr Clement Opoku Gyamfi and Chairman of DISEC expressed his appreciation to its members for their “swift intervention” which prevented further escalation of the situation.
The field investigation team also included the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Mr John Allotey and Mr. Joseph Osiakwan Ag. Technical Director of Forestry of the Ministry.
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