The government has deployed 200 military personnel in a renewed pledge to weed out out illegal miners destroying water bodies in the country. The decision taken by the Ghana Armed Forces was based on a directive given to it by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to a statement from the Information Ministry, the team commenced the operation on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the River Pra in the Central and Western Regions.
The statement also explained that, the directive is based on the suggestions the government received during the Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining which took place from 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.”
Read the full statement below