March 19, 2012

The Eastern Regional Minister nominee Ambassador Victor Smith says when given the node he will wage war against illegal mining in the country popularly known as ‘galamsy’ which is common in parts of the Eastern Region, especially the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.

The illegal activity which is done indiscriminately has been going on in the area for several years affecting the land and several water bodies including the Birim River which serve most of the inhabitants.

Government through the National Security Apparatus recently under took a swoop at Akyem Abuakwa and its environs to rip the area of illegal miners resulting in the arrest of several people, but the miners remain unperturbed.

Ambassador victor smith gave the assurance to tackle the unfortunate practice while answering questions during his vetting at the Appointment Committee of Parliament.

He said he will not relent on his effort to ensure that mining in the Eastern Region is done through best mining practices to preserve the land and water bodies.

“When approved by this august committee, I together with the Regional Security Council will ensure that the mining law is applied to the letter and spirit, those found culpable will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.

Ambassador Smith noted that natural resources are gift from God meant for the good of humanity and there is the need for proper care to be accorded such resources.

Kwadwo Anim/