Forestry officials worry over continuous invasion of Atewa Forest by illegal miners Forestry officials worry over continuous invasion of Atewa Forest by illegal miners
Forestry officials  have expressed  worry over continuous invasion of  Atewa Forest reserve by illegal miners despite ban on galamsey. The Assistant Manager in Charge... Forestry officials worry over continuous invasion of Atewa Forest by illegal miners

Forestry officials  have expressed  worry over continuous invasion of  Atewa Forest reserve by illegal miners despite ban on galamsey.

The Assistant Manager in Charge of Anyinam Range of the Atewa Forestry Services of the Forestry Commission ,Palmer Aikens Amponsah stated that most illegal miners in communities around the forest reserve have diverted their attention to the deep Forest of the reserve which is a jungle hence hectic task to arrest.
Many illegal miners have been arrested in the Atewa Forest reserve and  prosecuted but many still invade the forest to operate at night.
The latest suspects arrested  are ,Richard Damkwah ,25, Kofi Asomaning ,38,Logo Kwabena ,29, and a 17 -year old student Oscar Dartey .
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and mining without license .The Presiding Judge Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei remanded the accused persons  into prison custody to reappear in Court on March 8,2018.
The Forest guards led by the Assistant Manager in Charge of Anyinam Range Manager ,Palmer Aikens ,arrested the accused persons Tuesday dawn during mining in the deep forest of the Akyem Bomaa Portion of the Atewa Forest reserve.
The operation team also retrieved  2 mining buckets , 2 headpans ,1 washing carpets ,shovels ,1 pick axe,gold dust, 3 olonka rice, tin tomatoes paste ,onion ,cooking utensil and 3 pumping machines .
They set ablaze tents erected by the Miners which served as temporal shelter.
Following the ban on illegal mining in Ghana,the miners have diverted their operations into deep Forest reserves  in the region to avoid being arrested .
The activities of the illegal miners in the Atewa forest reserve continue to deplete the vegetation and polluting the Birim ,Densu and Ayensu rivers.
 
Source :enaghana.com /by Annor Obed