The Ghana Armed Forces has deployed soldiers to flush out illegal mining operators (galamseyers) whose actions have been destroying water bodies with immediate effect.
This decision was taken in accordance with a directive issued by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Information, the team commenced the operation on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the River Pra in the Central and Western Regions.
The directive is based on the suggestions the government of Ghana received during a Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining which occured on April 14 to 15, 2021.
“In furtherance of the resolution of the final communiqué of the Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining on April 14 to April 15, and to ensure that mining within water bodies is immediately stopped; the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has authorized the Ghana Armed Forces to commence an operation to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.”
“The operation commenced at 0600 hours on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the River Pra in the Central and Western Regions of Ghana. Two Hundred (200) officers of the Ghana Armed Forces are involved in the operation.”
The Ministry of Information has promised to give further details on the operation coming Friday, April 30, 2021.