The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has revealed that the government will provide the necessary equipment to the staff of the Forestry Commission to combat illegal mining in forest reserves.
Bulletproof vests and weapons will be provided to combat illegal miners, according to the Minister.
He was speaking at the commissioning of a Forestry Commission office complex in the Eastern Region.
He believes that the Atiwa Forest and other forest reserves should be preserved and protected from illegal mining activities.
“Atiwa forest and various forests in the Eastern region are under attack from illegal miners, and galamseyers. Please rid these forest reserves of illegal miners and illegal loggers and other activities which threaten the survival of forest reserves in our country.
“You [Forestry Commission] have our full support, whether they are high people or low people, whether they are political leaders or not, your work is to make sure that all forest reserves in this country are protected. Government will provide bulletproof vests and other weapons to aid your work,” he added.