Minister to taskforce: burn every seized excavators, chanfans

August 23, 2021 By 0 Comments

The 40-member Taskforce

The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker has charged various anti galamsey Taskforces not to compromise their resolve to help fight against illegal mining in the country.

He said members of the Taskforce should prioritise Ghana’s interest in the course of their operations and respond responsibly and responsively to rid Ghana of illegal mining in the forests and river bodies.

Mr. Duker, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem, while inaugurating a 40-member Ghana National Association of Small

Scale mining (GNASSM) Taskforce against illegal mining in Kumasi said the government expected members of the Taskforce to devote themselves to the task ahead.

The GNASSM Taskforce will complement the efforts of the National Taskforce in the fight against illegal mining and ensure that illegal mining is brought to the barest minimum and avoid the situation where drinking water is imported.

The recognition of the GNASSM Taskforce comes barely a month after the Deputy Minister assured GNASSM in Kumasi that the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources would appoint a Taskforce to complement the GNASSM Taskforce to monitor the activities of small scale miners toensure that Mining is not done in the red zone, forests and water bodies and thus ensure responsible and sustainable mining.

MP Duker charged them to tirelessly and wholeheartedly deal with recalcitrant illegal miners without fear or favour. The Deputy Minister said the government wants a tranquil mining industry and encouraged the Taskforce to burn all excavators and chanfans, irrespective of who owns them.

He announced that the sector ministry, in collaboration with the Minerals Commission was making enough logistics available for the effective operation of the Taskforce and that speed boats would be acquired for monitoring the river bodies to ensure that they operate in all mining regions and thereby build local champions inthe mining industry.

Mr. Sampson Kofi Wiredu, National Vice President of GNASSM, in charge of GNASSM Taskforce expressed appreciation to the government for the efforts at sustaining responsible mining and assured that the GNASSM Taskforce will effectively work to complement the National Taskforce in the fight against illegal mining.

He, however, appealed to Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to discourage “order from above syndrome” when the GNASSM Taskforce makes an arrest in the course of their operations.

He also charged members to operate within the legal framework of their mandate because the Association would not condone wrong doing on the part of the members who go astray in the discharge of their duties as mandated.