A Naval Platoon has been deployed to deter illegal miners operating on the Ankobra and Offin rivers.
This is part of an effort to supplement a recent operation by the Ghana Armed Forces’ Operation Halt Two team to prevent mining activities on water bodies.
As a result, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has advised anyone interested in small-scale mining to contact the Minerals Commission’s appropriate offices for assistance.
The Ministry stated that the Commission was willing to assist interested parties with the allocation of small-scale mining sites and the distribution of mercury-free machines.
In a statement, the Ministry warned that security agencies would deal ruthlessly with anyone found engaging in illegal small-scale mining.
The statement said the deployment of the officers follows the decision by the Minerals Commission and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to step up protection of the water bodies following the recent viral videos of galamsey activities on Offin River.