Over 2000 illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) equipment have been destroyed by the Ashanti Regional task force of the Small Scale Miners Association.
The fight against galamsey in Ghana has been a longstanding one, with government taking major steps to ensure the menace is stopped.
Some months ago government placed a ban on all galamsey activities in the country, warning that anyone caught in the act will face the full rigors of the law.
However, some galamsey operators in the Ashanti Region have paid deaf eyes to the directive, prompting the region’s task force to hunt them down.
About 200 illegal small-scale miners who were still in operation in Konongo and other districts were arrested by the region’s task force following an unexpected invasion.
Over 2000 Chang Fan mining equipment used by the illegal miners in their operations were also confiscated and destroyed by the task force.
Addressing a press conference in Kumasi, the regional organiser, Kwame Boateng disclosed that all arrested illegal small scale miners have been handed to the district police for prosecution to begin.
He noted that the regional task force will continue to do its bit to support the fight against galamsey, while also calling on government to assist the task force with more financial help to enhance their operations.