The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency, George Mireku Duker, has called for the establishment of river guards to complement the work of the Operation Vanguard team to secure the country’s river bodies, in order to save them from recalcitrant illegal miners.
This, he believed, was the surest way of augmenting the work of Operation Vanguard, to either put a total end or deal ruthlessly with illegal miners still undertaking their illegal business on our water bodies.
He said that mining in rivers will not end if we don’t have people from the towns policing them from being polluted, during an interview with the Western File at the sidelines of his Scholarship programme.
The government was forced to place a ban on small-scale mining, known in local parlance as galamsey, due to the destruction it was having on the environment and water bodies. This follows major concerns raised against the menace by various civil society groups and the media. When all other measures failed, the military was deployed to fight the menace that was fast destroying the country’s water bodies and land space. Dubbed ‘Operation Vanguard’, the Armed Forces are helping restore sanity to the mining sector.
The efforts have yielded some positive results, including a moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for small-scale mining.
Applauding the government for the initiative, Mireku Duker maintained that the introduction of river guards was the surest way to save our water bodies.
That, aside, he indicated that security posts should be placed 500 metres from the river banks to deter anyone from polluting the water bodies.
The Tarkwa-Nsuaem Legislator lamented the level of destruction Ghana’s water bodies and land resources were subjected to as a result of illegal mining.
As an MP from a mining community, Mireku Duker believes the initiative, if taken onboard, would create employment to the teeming youth in the mining communities.
Mireku Duker was confident the river guards will help the water bodies get their natural ecology back.