The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has given the strongest indication for the establishment of an agency to police the various water bodies in the 'Galamsey' -prone areas across the country.
The agency to be called River Guards will be responsible for the policing of all water bodies in the country.
The said aside from the use of Military men and policemen, this one of the initiatives being considered to permanently deal with the canker of the pollution of water bodies in the Galamsey-prone areas across the country.
The purpose of the establishment of River Guard to the Ministry is to ensure the water bodies are fully protected like the forest reserves are protected by the Forestry Commission and the environment protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Deputy Minister-Designate for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku-Duker made this announcement speaking on Accra-based Neat FM’s morning show hosted Akwasi Aboagye.
He said it is the vision of the sector Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor that the said agency be established to police the river bodies in the country.
The Deputy Minister-Designate who is also the New Patriotic Party(NPP) Member of Parliament(MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem in the Western Region explained that way and manner water bodies are being destroyed stemming from the activities of illegal mining known in Ghanaian settings as ‘Galamsey’ is worrying.
He said if this agency is not established as quickly as possible all the efforts channeled towards fighting illegal mining on water bodies will come to naught.
He was of the view that the water bodies need a permanent protection unit like the forest guards to deter people from polluting them in the country.
This is a very important initiative that has been on the drawing table of the sector Minister since President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo tasked him(Minister) to renew the fight against ‘Galamsey’ in the country, he noted.
He stressed that the agency will be responsible for arresting people found polluting water bodies in the country.
He argued that if measures are not taken now to protect some of these water bodies in the country, Ghana will soon be plagued with a situation to import water from neighbouring countries.
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