Stringent measures may have been put in place to curb illegal mining activities in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision sanitize the environment for a better future, it would appear that some industry players are still adamant and have been perpetuating the old mode of operations.
For a company licensed to ply its trade in the large-scale mining industry to veer into a sector that has been banned is a cause for concern.
The Taskforce established by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), upon a tipoff, stormed Nsuapemso in the Fanteakwa South District where it discovered, much to their dismay, that a mining company licensed as a large-scale entity, was actually engaging in galamsey activities.
Narawa Mines was found engaging in galamsey activities specifically but mining within the buffer zone and discharging it’s tailing into the River.
These acts of illegality have been polluting the Birim River which, hitherto, had regained life after it had been at the mercy of galamsey operations for ages.
It must be mentioned that upon arrival at the place by the members of the taskforce, it was found out that the place had been partitioned into segments where different mining activities were taking place. Some parts were being used for galamsey, contrary to the license held by the company.
Though giant strides have been made to contain galamsey operations by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, it does look like the big boys in the industry have taken up the dastardly acts which have caused the country so much pain in the area of environmental degradation.
The law enforcement agencies and the court systems, if this battle will be won, should up their game in arresting and prosecuting this case as well as those that may come.


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