2 notorious illegal miners nabbed in Dormaa
Stephen Ansu and his accomplice were arrested at an illegal
mining site during a swoop, the Bono Regional Minister
led by Justina Owusu-Banahene.
Damoah is said to have harbored and sponsored several
illegal miners to undertake the ‘galamsey’ activities at various
sites at Nkrankwanta, Wamfie and Dormaa-Ahenkro in the region.
The taskforce retrieved from him two locally made guns,
several cartridges, pumping machines and other
small scale mining tools and equipment.
Ms Owusu-Banahene told Newsmen the special taskforce force
was set up to control illegal mining and logging in the region
as part of government’s efforts to control the menace in the country.
The Regional Minister noted the devastating effects on
illegal mining and logging were enormous and called on
traditional authorities, assembly members and everybody
to support the nationwide fight against the practice.
“We cannot allow these miscreants in the society to continue to
destroy our river bodies and deplete our forest resources
with their unscrupulous activities”, she said and added the
taskforce would require support from all citizens
to bring the situation under control.
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“This is why the government has decentralized the fight
against galamsey, illegal logging and lumbering going on
in our forest reserves, and we require support from everybody to bring
the situation under the barest minimum”, Ms Owusu-Banahene stated.
She added the Green Ghana project introduced by the government to
encourage people to plant, water and nurture trees would be in vain,
if activities of illegal chainsaw operators were not brought under control,
and called on the media to help intensify
the campaign against environmental degradation.