Ghana’s deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. George Mireku Duker has announced a ban on the manufacturing of changfang machines used for illegal mining. Any one who flout the order would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with law.
Mr. Duker revealed this when he inaugurated a 40-member Ghana National Small-Scale Miners Association taskforce in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region.
The deputy ninister indicated the taskforce was to immediately work to curb illegal mining on rivers including the Ankobra. He also announced the formation and inauguration of regional taskforce to support the “operation halt” operation currently ongoing on some select rivers in mining communities.
A cross-section of some members of the taskforce during the inauguration. Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
The Minerals Commission is making available five speed boat (multi purpose vessels) to compliment the efforts of the taskforce. With the National Security, Ghana Armed Forces, and the National Small Scale Miners engaged in a joint operation on the Ankobra, Mr. Duker was sure of a successful outcome.
“You know the rudiments already. Help us to clean up the the small scale mining sector”, he charged the taskforce.
On his part, the vice president of the Ghana National Small-Scale Miners Association, Sampson Kofi Wiredu commended government for the bold steps so far in controlling illegal mining and assured that the taskforce will work to support the effort.
He however, pleaded with the Ministry to speed up its support to the taskforce for smooth operations going forward.