The Aowin Municipal Assembly located in the Western North Region is poised to fight illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey in the Municipality in the area .
This was disclosed by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Mr. Samuel Adu-Gyamfi at the second ordinary meeting of the Assembly today.
The MCE’s sessional address was highlighted on the activities of the Assembly such as finance, security, illegal mining, distribution of items to persons with disability, qualification in District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT),water and sanitation, roads, government scholarship scheme, planting for food and jobs program, fertilizer distribution, certified seeds received and distributed, planting for export and rural development, rearing for food and jobs program, inputs received under cocoa health and extension division, pre-mix fuel and motorized machines ,revenue mobilization and developmental projects.
Mr Adu-Gyamfi said one area of security concern in the Municipality was illegal mining phenomenon.
The illegal miners from neighboring districts have found the Aowin Municipality very attractive for their illegal activities. During the period of the ban on small scale mining and after, they have been several incursions by the miners into the Aowin Municipality despite fierce resistance from the Municipal Security Council and the Municipal Committee against Illegal Mining.
The MCE said some communities in the Municipality such as Yiwabra, Papoeso, Disueano, Boinso and Omanpe were all besieged with illegal miners with the attendant social vices.
All water bodies in these communities were being polluted with impunity by the miners, he added.
Mr. Adu-Gyamfi said the Municipal Security Council was challenged in the fight against the phenomenon in terms of man power and logistics.
He said in order to effectively fight the miners especially those operating inside the water bodies, the Municipal Security Council needs to continuously patrol and guard the affected areas with security men who can swim.
Source :broadcastergh.com /Ayisah Foster