The inclusion of armed personnel is the second Step of government’s plan to flush out illegal miners after several months of warning them to stop. The government has also banned mining in water bodies.

The minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. John Peter Amewu, initially gave the miners a 3-week ultimatum to pack out. He later toured various sites in the Eastern and Western regions to find out the extent of the damage done by the illegal activities.

400 personnel, selected from the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service prepare to receive departing instructions to be spread across three regions where the menace is most severe. In the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions.

Government has said, all efforts to fight against galamsey to win in earlier attempts under the previous government failed.

The Deputy Information minister Mustapha Hamid said the security forces could stay for as long as two years

The government has asked mining communities to cooperate with the security forces when ‘Operation Vanguard’ starts.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Armed Forces has warned all illegal miners who have dared to resist the armed occupation to restrategize.

Col. Aggrey Quarshie, the of Public Relation of the Ghana Armed Forces said, “If they become a stublng block, they will be removed.”

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh