Ghana Deploys Soldiers to Stop Illegal Mining Activities

Water body polluted by illegal miners

Ghana today deployed 200 soldiers from the Ghana Armed Forces to begin an operation to remove all persons and logistics involved in illegal mining from the country’s water bodies.

The operation began today Wednesday 28 April, 2021 on the River Pra in the Central Region.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who issued the orders noted that the Ministry of Defense and the Ghana Armed Forces are expected to provide a detailed briefing of developments on the operation on Friday, 30 April 2021.

Below is the full statement issued by Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

In furtherance of the resolutions of the final communiqué, of the Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining on April 14 -15, 2021 and to ensure that mining within water bodies is immediately stopped; the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has authorised the Ghana Armed Forces, to commence an operation, to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.

The operation commenced at 0600 hours on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 on the River Pra in the Central and Western regions of Ghana.

Two Hundred (200) officers of the Ghana Armed Forces are involved in the operation.

The Ministry of Defence and the Ghana Armed forces will provide a detailed brief of developments and sustainability efforts at 1200 hours on Friday 30th April 2021.

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