The Ashanti Regional Security Council says it has picked intelligence some unscrupulous persons are still engaging in illegal mining activities in the region despite the presence of members of Operation Vanguard.
“Despite the ban, people are disobeying, and we still have reports from areas some people are doing illegal mining”, Regional Minister and Chairman of the Security Council, Simon Osei Mensah, revealed.
On a local radio station in Kumasi, he warned those unscrupulous people to desist from disobeying orders of the government or incur the wrath of the security agencies.
According to the Chairman of the Regional Security Council, these people are now an impediment to fighting the illegal mining activities in the region, as they prove stubborn to anti-regional illegal mining taskforce.
“I will appeal to small miners not to take the law into hands and return to their sites”, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah spoke on Kumasi-based Otec FM.
Government has deployed over 600 armed persons, made up of the police and military, to combat illegal mining activities in the country. It however appears that most of the illegal miners are impervious of advice to stay off their concessions for government to outline a better way in which the mineral could be extracted without the pollution of water bodies.