The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has led a team of taskforce to seize 16 excavators operating on the Tano River in the Amenfi West District of the Western Region.
Other equipment seized are 10 generator sets, some gallons of fuel and other equipment used for their operations.
The members of the taskforce include; the Municipal Chief Executive of the Amenfi West, personnel of Operation Vanguard and Ghana Immigration Service.
The exercise was dubbed: “Operation clean water bodies.”
It is targeted at stopping the activities of illegal mining on the water bodies in the region.
According to the Western Regional Minister the exercise would be continued until the river water bodies become clean again in the region, adding that they will frequently embark on such exercises unannounced to arrest the perpetrators to get rid of them.
Mr. Darko-Mensah appealed to the chiefs to see themselves as the real partners in the galamsey fight, saying the effect of galamsey operations would first affect them before it is extended to the rest of the country.
He charged the MMDCES to be committed to the fight against galamsey to ensure sanity in the system and pledged to continue to fight the menace to the end to ensure Ghanaians live in a peaceful environment and have portable water to drink.
The seized excavators, according to the Regional Minister, would be handed over to the Lands and Natural Minister for action.
Galamsey activities have created a great havoc on the river bodies and forest reserves across the country.
Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie