Akyem Hemeng Chief Mobilizes Youth To Clamp Down On Galamsey

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Wpid Galamsey
Ecological Damage Is The Result Of Illegal Mining

The Chief of Akyem Hemeng of the Eastern Region, Mmirrikkissi Obeng Apori Okasum I has mobilized youth of his community to wage a strong war against illegal mining popularly called ‘Galamsey’ activities within his jurisdiction.
wpid-galamsey.jpgIn their attempt to ensure that illegal mining is uprooted from his community, the group was able to arrest some equipment used by the miners in undertaking their illegal activities.
When spyghana called Mmirrikkissi Obeng Apori Okasum I on phone, he explained that the miners who were on site the time the group got there escaped leaving their machines and tools, which were sent to the Osino Police Station.
He averred that, “We got wind of the activities of these illegal miners who were gradually venturing into my boundary, so I quickly informed the Chief of Ankobra, we mobilized the youth to arrest these people. But by the time they got there, the miners escaped.”
He also mentioned that, the seized machines will be in police custody for the owners to come for them,…. “there they will be arrested,” he said.
Mmirrikkissi Obeng Apori Okasum I said, the identities of the galamseyers were not known but information they received indicated that they were coming from Dzemeni (Gemani).
The Chief also added that, the escapees are not from his community since every effort is being made to educate the community members on the dangers of such illegal activities, not only to the environment, but also to their own lives.
He however bemoaned the many negative effects the activities of illegal mining pose to the lives of water bodies and the lives of people as well, said the decision to clamp down on illegal mining was not a misplaced one considering the degrading nature of River Pra and others as result of such illegal activities.
“The effects are all there for us to see, the Pra river is completely destroyed. I cannot sit down and see people destroy my community. The youth are ready to protect our boundary and I can assure you that we are not going to engage in any unnecessary attacks, the police is informed and we will go gradually at these people,” he said.
He appealed to the relevant authorities including the Courts to ensure that people who are arrested and arraigned before them on crimes of illegal mining, should not be granted any options for bail.
“There should be no option for a fine or bail for them, it should be straight imprisonment. This people are killing our water bodies and for that matter are killing us also,” he charges.

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