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"We Will Take The Birim River And Ensure The Turbidity Level Is Reduced" - GNASSM

General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM), Godwin Armah has pledged that his outfit will take the Birim River and ensure its turbidity level is reduced.

According to GNASSM, the move forms part of its effort of supporting the Akufo-Addo administration in the fight against galamsey.

Addressing Journalists in Accra on Thursday, General Secretary of the Association, Godwin Armah said "We will partner all relevant stakeholders to ensure the turbidity of the River Birim is reduced to a desirable level.

The group added that it has unanimously decided to adopt the Birim River as its pet-project and will initiate as well as support measures to cleanse it.

"Our outfit has held positive engagements with the George Grant University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in helping out with the task ahead"

In view of the arrangement, the University will continue to collect samples from the Birim River to assess progress made.

On his part, Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker, said "I am happy the association has heeded to government's call for collective stakeholder participation in the fight against illegal mining in water bodies"

He stressed that in the coming weeks, the first batch of River guards who are undergoing training at the Tema Naval Base will be deployed on the various water bodies to protect the waterbodies.

"The security agencies have ramped up their efforts in patrolling our lands and river bodies to protect them."

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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