Government deploys platoon of Naval personnel on Rivers Ankobra and Offin to halt galamsey permanently

A platoon each of Naval personnel have been stationed on rivers Ankobrah and Offin to ensure that the illegal miners don’t return to work on the water bodies.

This follows operations undertaken by the Military (Operation Halt II) to prevent illegal mining on the country’s water bodies.

This is in line with the promise made by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to ensure that the water bodies are protected.

The Ministry is also advising persons interested in understanding small scale mining to contact the appropriate office of the Minerals Commission for assistance to be allocated places designated for small scale mining and also be assisted with mercury-free machines.

According to the Ministry, the security agencies will deal ruthlessly with persons found to have engaged in illegal miners popularly Known as “Galamsey “.

The deployment of the officers follows the decision by the Minerals Commission and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to step up protection of the waterbodies following the recent viral videos of galamsey activities on Offin River.

Source: MLNR


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