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"We've Instructed Persons Engaged In Illegal Mining To Suspend Activities And Evacuate" - S. Jinapor


The Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Samuel Abudalai Jinapor has revealed that his ministry has instructed all persons engaged in illegal mining in various forests across the country to suspend activities and evacuate their equipment from the sites.


According to him, the deadline for the suspension of activities and removal of equipment falls on Friday 30th April 2021.


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Addressing Journalists at a press briefing in Accra, he said "We have instructed all persons engaged in illegal mining activities to suspend their activities and evacuate their equipment and the deadline is today. At the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, we have put together a monitoring and evaluation team headed by Hon. Benito who is a deputy minister-designate in my ministry"


He also added that he is confident that the newly set-up monitoring and evaluation desk formed in his ministry will ensure that the ban on mining activities in various forests across the country is adhered to.


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The Minister further hinted that to help make work easy for his ministry, a call centre has been formed which will receive complaints of illegal mining activities.


He stressed that such complaints will be forwarded to the various security agencies who will troop to the location, arrest and deal with persons who will go against the laws.


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“We gave instructed all persons engaged in illegal mining activities to suspend their activities and evacuate their equipment and the deadline is today. At the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, we have put together a monitoring and evaluation team headed by Hon. Benito who is a deputy minister-designate in my ministry,” he noted.


Thinknewsonline.com can confirm that the Akufo-Addo administration days ago ordered individual partaking in such activities in the various forests across the country to desist from such acts.


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President Akufo-Addo then later tasked the Minerals Commission to cease renewing licenses for persons to engage in illegal mining.


"After the ultimatum ends today, Friday, April 30, 2021, all persons found engaging in such activities will be arrested and prosecuted"

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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