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The greed and madness should stop--Ashanti regional minister warns

Illegal mining has been an issue of major concern in Ghana. Water bodies and our forest reserves have been destroyed.

The government of the day, the NPP government, in its early days inaugurated a committee to see to the end of the reckless illegal mining.

Some journalists and media houses also came together to fight this menace.

Some personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service were put together to combat this crime.

Unrestrained illegal mining (galamsey) is threatening the operation of the redeveloped AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine.

After a period of uncertainty- put on limited operation and then care and maintenance, the mine has now been modernized and mechanized but if the authorities do not act it could be forced to shutdown.

The concession of the Obuasi Mine which has targeted producing 350,000 to 400,000 ounces of gold annually for the next 10 years is under massive invasion by galamsey operators.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has described the situation as disturbing and warned of decisive action to throw out the illegal miners.

There was no way they would allow them to have a field day.

The authorities would do everything to protect the mine that has brought economic life back to the Obuasi municipality.

The AGA Obuasi mine area was off-limits and would continue to remain so.

He was inaugurating GHS640,000.00 training centre for people with disabilities in Obuasi.

The well-equipped centre was built by AGA and comes with a workshop, administration block and conference centre.

It would provide the trainees with skills in electronic and electrical repairs, leatherworks, fashion and design.

The AGA has made available the relevant tools and training resources including sewing machines and projectors.

Dr Eric Asubonteng, Managing Director of the Obuasi Mine, said the goal was to make those with disabilities employable.

They were eager to provide them with skills to compete on the job market.

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