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Applaud Akufo-Addo for bold galamsey fight in spite of effect on his votes in 2020 polls – Nitiwul

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should be commended for the bold initiative in dealing with the illegal small scale mining (galamsey) in spite of the effect of the move to deal with the situation on the number of votes obtained by the President in last year’s elections, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul, has said.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Friday April 30 he said the galamsey fight is a bold decision by the president that must be commended.

He further stated that equipment will be destroyed on site by the military officers deployed to the galamsey areas.

He said no gadget will be returned to Accra.

“We are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home, they will all be destroyed on site. No excavator, nothing will come back home,” he said.

About 200 officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Wednesday morning began an operation to forcefully remove all persons and logistics involved in illegal mining on the country’s river bodies.

The exercise began on River Pra in the Western and Central regions.

This, according to the Minister of Information, is in furtherance of the resolutions of the final communique issued after the two-day Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, April 28, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the move is “to ensure that mining within water bodies is immediately stopped”.

He further indicated that the Ministry of Defence and GAF will provide a detailed brief on the developments and the sustainability efforts on Friday, April 30.

Mr Dominic Nitiwul who is also lawmaker for Bimbila said nobody should attempt to go back to the galamsey areas after the swoop by the men in uniform.

“When they sweep pass the place they will be constantly monitoring of what they have done by Ghana Armed Forces and so don’t think you will go back,” he said.

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