The Western North Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has formed a Special task force to combat illegal mining in the region.
The special joint anti galamsey taskforce includes the Regional Police Commander, Immigration Service, Military, National Investigation Bureau (NIB), the National Security and the Regional Fire Command.
The Western North Regional Minister, Richard Ebbah Obeng, made this known at a press conference, said the Special Joint taskforce would augment operation “calm life” to fight illegal mining in the region.
He said the task force had been mandated to wage a sustained war against illegal mining activities, which he said, was fast gaining notoriety in the region.
“The President’s directive to us as Regional Ministers is to ensure that illegal mining becomes an unattractive venture. It is in light of this that I protect our lands and water bodies for generations yet unborn,” he stated.
The minister said the Council would donate 30 per cent of its funds to support the activities of the task force.
Mr Obeng disclosed that four excavators were impounded by the task force from the Asempaneye enclave in the Juaboso district and are parked at the RCC.
He urged persons who were interested to contact RCC for more information, adding that RCC was willing to support any individual or organization who wanted to engage in ethical and responsible mining.
“REGSEC has taken cognizance of the job opportunities that the community mining initiative has created within mining communities but the point must be made that all approved community mining sites that are found to be non-compliance with rules governing their operations will be stored or suspended and their equipment ceased,” he added.
The Minister directed the Municipal District Chief Executives (MDCEs) to cooperate with the task force to ensure illegal mining activities are halted in the region.
Patience Anaadem, ISD