Some foreigners have been arrested by the police for engaging in illegal mining activities on the River Pra, in the Birim North district of the Eastern Region and the Asante-Akyem District.
They invaded the illegal mining sites along the Pra River and cocoa farms within the Birim North and Asante Akyem districts.
At the end, thirty (30) changfan machines and surface structures were destroyed.
The ministry expressed disappointment for how the river has been destroyed by the illegal mining activities specifically in the Oseikrom and Amenam communities.
Mr . Mireku Duker of The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources speaking to the issue said, "As River Tano is restoring to normalcy and turbidity figures of other major polluted water bodies are encouraging, the government is very committed to win the galamsey war and will never relent on efforts."
“I further directed the immediate closure of Amenam Mining Group until they receive all licenses required to undertake mining operations.
“Ghanaians must rally their support behind the government to achieve this National Canker.”
The seven foreign nationals who have been arrested are from neighbouring West African countries including Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Benin.
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