Ghana is endowed with abundant natural resources, which have played a key role in the development efforts of the country. However, in the past decade, illegal mining activities, popularly called galamsey as well as other societal upheavals, have put a lot of pressure on the lands and water bodies.
Galamsey operations over the years have destroyed most of our agricultural lands, putting future lives in jeopardy.
Amenfi West Municipality is bedevilled by illegal mining activities. Almost every community in the Municipality engages in illegal mining activities. A lot of concerns and agitations have been raised about galamsey activities in the municipality.
In recent times, the government has demonstrated its relentless effort in clamping down the galamsey menace which has become a cankerworm to the nation.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Wassa Amenfi West, Hon. George Agyiri and a Task Force formed by the Wassa Amenfi West Security Council (MUSEC) today, Thursday, 27th May 2021 demonstrated their commitment to helping the President sanitize Ghana’s forests reserves and water bodies by embarking on anti- galamsey operations to halt galamsey activities on the Tano River at Asankran-Moseaso. The MUSEC Task Force, according to an eyewitness, burnt to ashes 10 illegal Mining Dredging Machines locally known as Totototo machines in the process.
5 illegal Miners were also arrested and 2 motorbikes seized by the Task Force.
The MUSEC Task Force, according to Hon. Agyiri (who also doubles as the MUSEC Chair) is committed to the President’s resolve to protect the environment and water bodies and would from now onwards continue their operations till all illegal Miners operating on the Tano River are rid of the water body.
The MUSEC Task Force also used the opportunity to ask communities along the Tano River to support their efforts as a concerted effort by all stakeholders is the only way to overcome this menace.