Illegal mining activities, also known as galamsey, are reportedly still going on in some communities in the central region despite the government’s directive to stop such activities.
It is further alleged that illegal miners visit the sites at night to mine in order to prevent their arrest by the police.
This was revealed when Central Regional Minister Ms Justina Marigold Assan visited some of the illegal mining sites in AssinFoso Municipality and Assin South District to determine the extent of the havoc caused by galamsey activities.
The Minister also paid a courtesy visit to the chiefs and residents of the traditional councils of AssinEfutuakwa and AssinApimanin in separate ceremonies.
Some illegal miners from Assin Asamman fled when they saw the regional minister and his entourage.
Ms Assan, in her remarks at the two traditional council meetings, called on chiefs to support the government in the fight against galamsey.
She underlined the important role of traditional authorities in the development of the region.
The regional minister indicated the need for the various assemblies to consult with the traditional authorities on the content of the medium-term development plan.
The current generation, she noted, was doing the next generation a disservice due to greed and other self-centered acts that could negatively impact development for centuries.
She noted that it was disheartening to witness the gratuitous destruction of forest cover and water bodies in the country.
The regional minister expressed the determination of the Regional Coordinating Council to work with traditional authorities to resolve the problem of galamsey and other illegal activities in the region.
In AssinBreku, Nana Frimpong Baah I, Tufuhen of the traditional area, expressed concern about the devastating effect of galamsey in the country.
He praised the government for taking such a bold step to end such activities.
Nana Baah stressed the need for the government to create more employment opportunities for young people.
He also called on the government to show concern about stalled development projects in the region and to facilitate the construction of two bridges in the region to connect neighboring communities.
This, he said, would help open up the region and promote economic activities.
Nana Baah further declared the commitment of traditional authorities to liberate
47 acres of land for the construction of a hospital.
He mentioned the incidence of internet fraud in the region and called for the creation of job opportunities for teeming unemployed youth.
At the Traditional Council of Efutuakwa, Nana Afransie IV, Acting President of the Traditional Council of Efutuakwa and Queen Mother of Efutuakwa, called on the government to quickly remedy the deplorable road network in the region.
She expressed concern about the way the city’s youth were engaging in fraudulent activity in the area.