Gov’t deploys 400 military personnel to combat mining at river bodies

Source:Ghananation

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Government has deployed 400 military personnel to combat illegal mining activities at river bodies across the country.

A press statement signed by the Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.

The statement noted that the operation christened “Operation Halt II” forms part of government’s renewed strategy to curb mining activities at river bodies.

According to the statement, the second phase of the operation aimed at removing all persons and logistics involved in mining on water bodies and on the tributaries of the Pra river.

“The new phase of the operation focuses on the tributaries of the Pra river which have also been significantly affected by the activities of illegal miners. The Ghana Armed Forces has also commenced armed patrols of the Pra river itself.”

The release further urged miners to avoid these areas.

200 military personnel in the first phase dispatched by the government to flush out illegal miners on Ghana’s water bodies destroyed nine excavators,127 changfans and one fuel pump.

Read full statement below:

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