Dozens of barrels of diesel, boats, chamfan generator and other mining equipment worth thousands of Ghana Cedis have been seized on the River Offin enclave at Dunkwa-Dominase in the Upper Denkyira East District of the Central Region.
The equipment were seized from illegal miners on the River Offin by the Small Scale Miners Association of Ghana (SSMAG) in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) headed by Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
The seizure was part of daily routine visits to illegal mining sites in the catchment areas.
The gesture was to serve as a deterrent to others who are engaging in illegal mining activities in the Country.
The visit by the three bodies to the Offin River was part of efforts to augment the government’s actions in curbing illegal mining in the country.
Dozens of illegal miners were also chased away during the visit.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in an attempt to save Ghana’s water bodies from destruction declared war on illegal mining activities in the country in 2017
According to source, Prof Frimpong Boateng has provided 2 brand new Toyota Hilux pick up , 2 drones ,20 life jackets ,2 large patrol boats with high power outboard motors , 2 speed boats ,15 canoe with paddle , 1 brand new truck and Financial assistance for all operations by the small scale miners association to end the fight of illigal mining.
The taskforce are currently operating in the central, Western and Ashanti regions, Making sure the water bodies are clean and safe.
Source: Broadcastergh.com /Ayisah Foster