Lands Minister | By April 30, all mining equipment must be removed from forest reserves.

All mining equipment at any forest reserve should be evacuated from the site by Friday, April 30. Illegal mining remained a threat to the Ghanaian economy and called for concerted efforts from stakeholders to get rid of the menace. NDC Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Mr. Rashid Pelpuo said illegal mining was a national threat. The traditional leaders in Tarkwa lauded the government for the bold steps it had taken to curb illegal mining nationwide. They promised to help government reclaim the degraded lands in the area.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, Mr. Samuel Atta-Akyea, also called for a collective effort from Ghanaians to stop the illegal miners. The Minister and his entourage resolved to tackle the menace urgently. They pledged their commitment to continue supporting the government in evicting illegal miners working around water bodies in the areas. They called for the involvement of Chiefs in the licensing acquisition process to enable them to play a pivotal role in ensuring the protection of the environment.

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