Some notorious illegal miners have reportedly returned to site at Daboase in the Western region, after national efforts to ward them off.
Officials of the Ghana Water Company Limited who were on their routine testing of the water bodies in the enclave found them mining on the Pra River.
The Regional Communications manager for the GWCL in charge of Western and Central Regions, Nana Yaw Bannieh said the police were helpless when it was reported to them for action to be taken.
“A day after the ultimatum expired, that day was a Thursday, so we went there with some group of people from Accra Headquarters who had come there to see the extent of pollution of the river. We saw the people there; they were still working.
“…And then just this last week Thursday, when we went there again they had come back. So we don’t know whether they are going to continue unabated. We really don’t know. So we want the security personnel to be detailed to patrol the Pra river so that the people will leave the place for the river to rejuvenate itself.
“After we saw the people, we called in the police for them to come. unfortunately, they also didn’t help, because of the fact that they could not swim and go to where the people were. They didn’t stop when they saw the police. Because I’m sure they knew that the police will not be able to swim to where they were.”
But the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu has questioned the inability of the Police to arrest the miners, after the matter was reported to them.
“If the police have been unable to effect arrest,what are they for? I think they have a duty to deliver to this country. They have been paid equally for that, and what was the reason for which they’ve not been able to do it?..For me it’s surprising why they have not been able to do that. Why should they be on their payroll? he questioned in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM