Plastic waste “crisis” partly contributed to June 3 disaster – Report

Plastic waste partly contributed to June 3 disaster The Report of the June 3 Committee set up to investigate the cause of the 2015 flood and fire disaster has revealed plastic waste in Accra contributed to the tragedy. The report said the country’s plastic waste situation had reached a “crisis…

Experts discuss ways to deal with rising water pollution

  The first ever ‘science café’, which provided the platform for environmentalists, sociologists and research scientists to discuss effective ways to deal with the growing water pollution has ended in Kumasi. It was organized by the College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in response to…

Minister urges students of hygiene to see waste as wealth

Mr Michael Yaw Gyato, the Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources has urged students of School of Hygiene, Korle-Bu, to be creative and take advantage of waste in the country to create wealth. He said it was imperative for the students to inculcate the habit of entrepreneurial skills in…

More than 80 arrested in one week of Operation Vanguard clamp down
  The national anti-galamsey taskforce, Operation Vanguard, says it has arrested more than 80 suspects in the massive clamp down on the menace. Commander of the taskforce, Colonel William Agyapong told Joy FM Super Morning Show Monday, initial screening shows they are all Ghanaians. He said the suspects were... Read more
Operation Vanguard tastes first major clash with illegal miners; one dead
The anti-illegal mining task force commissioned last week on Sunday evening clashed with illegal miners in the Ashanti Region, leaving one illegal miner dead. Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard, Major Gariba Pabi, said around 17:00 GMT personnel from the Ashanti Region on patrol met stone-pelting illegal miners at... Read more
TMA to fight Ramsar Site encroachment
  The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has hinted on the Assembly’s determination to halt Sakumo wetlands (Ramsar site) encroachment in Tema. Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Thursday, Mr. Frank Asante, informed that Ramsar Lands were special areas that were protected by... Read more
NACOB arrests agent for exporting Pangolin scales
Exportation Scales  The Intelligent Unit of the Narcotics Control Board has arrested Prosper Kumako, an agent who facilitated the exportation of Pangolin Scales from Ghana to Malaysia, Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Executive Director, Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, has said. Mr Adu-Nsiah at a press briefing in Accra said... Read more
1M in illegal elephant ivory, pangolin scales seized in Malaysia
More than 1 tonne of pangolin scales discovered in less than 2 months The Associated Press   Seized pangolin scales and tusks are shown by Malaysian customs officials. (Vincent Thian/AP) Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they seized 23 pieces of elephant tusks and 301 kg of pangolin scales believed... Read more
Galamsey fight: Gov’t not unfairly targeting Small Scale Miners – Minerals Comm. Boss
The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Dr Tony Aubyn has said the government has no issues against the operations of small scale miners as has been perceived by a section of the public. According to him, government has stopped Small Scale Miners including lincensed ones from operating... Read more
Small Scale miners fight Akufo-Addo’s anti-galamsey task force
Operation Vanguard tasksforce The National Association of Small Scale Miners is questioning the absence of alternative jobs for thousands of its members following the deployment of a special task force tasked to clamp down on illegal small scale miners. The 400 specially trained security task force made up of... Read more
Deal with galamseyers – Gov’t to soldiers
The government has escalated its fight against illegal mining with the deployment of a joint military and police personnel to curb the scourge. In all 400 officers are being deployed and it is the first phase of a long-term campaign to protect mining sites across the country. Speaking at... Read more
Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire seize huge haul of pangolin scales
Ivorian authorities have seized nearly 3 tonnes of pangolin scales – making it the biggest seizure of its kind. The haul, which officials are calling a “massacre” is worth an estimated $82,000. Eight men of various African nationalities were apprehended overnight on Tuesday as they prepared to sell their merchandise,... Read more
Minister tasks anti-galamsey taskforce to deliver mandate
  Mr John Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has called on the special anti-galamsey taskforce to reverse the destruction of the environment caused by the activities of the illegal miners. He said government was focused on ensuring that the menace was fully addressed and that... Read more