Some illegal miners in the Atewa District of the Eastern region are clandestinely operating at night to avoid arrest by the security following the expiration of ultimatum to cease their destructive activities in the Country.
The armed illegal miners reportedly use powerful flashlights to work deep in the night till dawn .
Sources at Akyem Kwarbeng and its surrounding communities notorious for the menace indicate that,the illegal miners move into the bush in groups and work throughout the night .
This seems to be a new modus- oprandi illegal miners have adopted to operate to still keep them in the illicit business as government intensifies move to clamp down on galamsey activities.
The government of Ghana has waged war against illegal mining which has caused devastating destruction to the natural environment particularly farmlands and polluted major river bodies creating water scarcity in most parts of the country .Many Chinese nationals are involved in the destructive activities by introducing chanfa technology which is equipment used in mining directly in river bodies.
The move by government to clamp down on the illegal gold miners was triggered by huge public outcry and incessant media pressure on the government to protect the environment from further destruction by illegal miners to save the country from disaster.The media has formed coalition to exert continuous pressure on government till the right decisions are taken to safeguard the environment .
Minster for Lands and Natural Resources,john Peter Amewu issued a three-week ultimatum to the illegal miners to stop operation to avert mass arrest by the anti-galamsey task-force.
The ultimatum expired last Wednesday and about 544 excavators have been moved out mining sites across the country as most illegal miners desert mining sites accept few recalcitrant still mining secretly.
Government is yet to announce major next line of action for a lasting solution to the menace.
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