Eastern Regional Minister to deal with illegal miners

Helen Adjoa NtosoMs Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Eastern Regional Minister, has advised Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) to ensure that any action they take on illegal miners (galamsey) are documented to serve as evidence in future.

She observed the documentation is important since the miners could resort to legal action to protect their business.

Addressing a maiden meeting of the Regional Coordinating Council in Koforidua, Ms Ntoso said she would not condone any illegal activity particularly galamsey, since the level of devastation on communities is alarming.

She said she would ensure that the President’s directive, to deal with the problem is followed to the letter.

The Regional Minister urged the assemblies to report any difficulty in their bid to deal with illegal miners to her office for the necessary action.

The meeting was attended by the 27 MDCEs, heads of department and agencies, representatives from traditional councils and the security agencies.

During an open forum, some of the MDCEs expressed their frustration in their bid to fight illegal mining in their areas since all efforts to deal with the issue had yielded no results.

They said some Ghanaians are fronting for expatriates with fake documents and assured the minister of their preparedness to deal with the situation. GNA

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