In the early hours of Thursday, September 30, 2021, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, Hon George Mireku Duker together with Security & MLNR Officials clamped down on illegal mining activities in cocoa farms and along the Pra River in the Birim North and Asante-Akyem districts.
Seven (7) arrests made were predominantly foreigners from Burkina Faso, Benin et al. They are in Police custody and will be prosecuted.
Thirty (30) changfan machines and surface structures were destroyed and burnt.
It was very sad seeing River Pra diverted, cocoa farms cut down just for illegal mining in the oseikrom and Amenam communities.
As river Tano is restoring to normalcy and turbidity figures of other major polluted water bodies encouraging, the government is very committed to win the galamsey war and will never relent on efforts.
He further directed the immediate closure of Amenam Mining Group until they receive all licenses required to undertake mining operations.
Ghanaians must rally their support behind the government to achieve this National Canker.
The vision of H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo under the Stewardship of Sector Minister, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor, in ensuring a sustainable responsible mining regime is in full course.