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Sand winning is causing more damage than Galamsey

Residents of Ankaase Odumakyi have cried out to the goverment to curb and regulate the activities of sand winners. The government have declared a fight on Galamsey because it destroyed our arable farm lands and water bodies since it's inception in the year 2016.

Sand winning is also a canker that is destroying our livelihood. Residents of Ankaase in the Kwabre East district have complained about the bitter effects of this activity on their daily lives. Adom TV news team as a follow-up on this news item sent their reporter Nana Awuku Denkyembour to visit the town and give a first hand report of the events surrounding sand winning.

Mr Emmanuel Adu a resident of this town revealed how his 1/2 acre Cocoa farm was destroyed by excavators when they came to dig up sand. According to him, he was at home when someone brought the news to him. When he rushed to the seen, they have destroyed half acre of his cocoa farm before he stopped them.

Mr Kofi Sekyere also spoke of a similar story. He was at home one fateful evening when he was prompted by concerned neighbours that some excavators are working on his farm. When he rushed to the seen they had done very little damage to the farm. He stopped them and forwarded the issue to the appropriate quarters.

Authorities of Odumakyi D/A school also complained bitterly of their activities. They said their bore holes have drained into pits created by these sand winners and their nearby stream has also been partially filled up by them to create a road for them to go to the site for their activities.

This has created shortage of water for the pupils in this school and residents of this area.

Mr Sumaila also a resident has called on the government to take action otherwise it will lead to hunger and famine since they are destroying their farms and lands.

The DCE of Kwabre South District in an interview told the reporter that the activities of these sand winners are not regulated and they don't have any permit from the assembly to back their operations.

The government require them to have a permit. They are also required to compensate handsomely for properties destroyed in the cause of their operations.

DCE promises to look into this issue and take appropriate action.

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