Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor has toured the areas where illegal small scale mining (galamsey) are ongoing in the country.
He said the tour was meant to ascertain for himself the current progress of Operation Halt,
He admitted that what he observed was daunting.
“Today 18th May 2021, I was accompanied by the Airforce Commander and the General Officer commanding Operation Halt to undertake an aerial tour of River Oda, Brim, Offin, and Pra in the Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western Regions.
“This tour was necessitated to ascertain for myself the current progress of Operation Halt, I must say what I observed was daunting.
“However, the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is determined and committed in our resolve to protect the environment and reclaim degraded land.
“I also had the opportunity to interact with communities along the river bodies and entreated all to support government’s ongoing efforts to sanitise our forests and water bodies.
“A concerted effort by all stakeholders is the only way to overcome this menace.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana