Chiefs of Akyem Abuakwa traditional Council are expected to meet ,Thursday ,over illegal mining activities in the area.
The meeting summoned by Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin ,Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional council will deliberate among other issues ,the debilitating effect of illegal mining on the environment in the area which has reached lethal level.
Information gathered indicates,Okyehene is likely to issue ultimatum to his sub- Chiefs to sack all illegal miners locally called galamseyers , from the land.
Akyem Abuakwa traditional area in the Eastern region of Ghana is one of the most degraded environment with the only major water source, Birim river ,heavily polluted with mercury as a result of the illegal mining activities .
Currently, the Kibi water treatment plant has been shut down due to high turbidity level of raw water pumped from the Birim river caused by illegal alluvial mining. Kibi,unfortunately is the hometown of the current President of Ghana.
Even though,Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin has been advocating against environmental degradation and pollution over the years ,his backyard natural environment still remains badly degraded casting slur upon his environmental integrity .However,he is on record to have faulted government for failing to stop the menace with comprehensive and lasting approach.
Illegal mining has become a threat to security, health, agricultural and survival of Ghanaians due to the level of destruction and accompanied hazards .
Several communities are struggling to get water to drink in the country due to pollution of water bodies by the illegal miners.
Many farmers have died in bushes after trapped dead in uncovered galamsey pits.
Governments have failed to eradicate the menace which involves some influential persons in the country including Chiefs and Politicians ,despite agitations and demonstrations by farmers in affected communities.
However ,the new government led by President Nana Akufo Addo ,have assured the nation ,commitment of his government in fixing the problem as soon as possible to preserve the environment for the future.