Angry youths from Asamang Tamfoe in Atiwa East district in the Eastern region attacked and set a container on fire at a suspected community mining site.
The arson is a protest against community mining that young people have compared to illegal mining.
All items, including cement and other mining and construction tools and materials in the two forty-foot containers, were set on fire.
The attack on the mining site was preceded by a public forum organized by worried young people from Asamang Tamfoe that community residents decided to launch against mining in the area to protect some arable land left for use. agricultural.
The aggrieved youth accused their leader Osabarima Kwame Koh and his elders, Atiwa East Kwabena DCE Panin Nkansah and NPP Eastern Regional President Kingston Okomeng Kissi of being behind the so-called community mining in course on about 40 hectares of land.
According to the enraged youth, the mining activities of the suspected community mining operation are polluting waterways, degrading farmland, depleting natural resources and putting residents at risk of being trapped dead in mining wells.
Yaw Owusu, an angry youth leader, said that âthe company has no legitimate documents to exploit. Moreover, there was no consultation with the Community on their functioning, but rather under the cover of obscurity â.
He alleged that âsome men wearing military uniforms employed by a miner known as Kwadwo Danso, used a Honda vehicle with registration number GR 2613-20 while marauding soldiers to terrorize locals in the midst of the shots at the site. Miners do not have appropriate documents attached to their community. The mining which prompted young people to organize protests, but the regional chairman of the NPP, DCE and the chairman of the constituency expressed no concern. But the regional president has put two, forty feet of container structure in the site supposed to use it as their office.
Ernest Anim, one of the Converners, told Starr News that young people will not allow illegal mining in the community.
The chief, Osabarima Kwame Koh, however, denied leasing land for any mining activity. Rather, he blamed residents for leasing their land for the mining project.
Okyenhene kicks off community mining
Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin in April this year warned that the traditional council of Akyem Abuakwa would no longer tolerate the community mining policy introduced by the government led by Akufo Addo, citing that the policy was full disguised illegal mining causing serious harm. destruction of land and water bodies in Akyem. Region.
Ghanaian President Akufo Addo on Wednesday July 25, 2019 launched the community mining program in Wassa Akropong, Western region.
The community mining program aimed to formalize mining in selected communities across the country.
The policy has since received a lot of criticism from environmental watches who say it causes more harm than good.
While addressing the Eastern Regional Minister and his entourage who paid a courtesy visit to the Ofori Panin Palace over the weekend, Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin did not mince a word when describing the Community Mining Policy as âgalamsey’s uncle or older brotherâ.
âThey are destroying land and rivers. The last time the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources was here I told him point blank that they shouldn’t cheat us with community mining, it won’t stop anywhere. Community mining is like galamsey’s uncle or older brother. They degrade land and pollute rivers just like galamsey
There is no liability, no claim. But they say it’s government policy. We will not allow this to continue because when the rivers are destroyed [Minister ] they don’t blame the MCE rather the Okyenhene because the land belongs to me â
Okyenhene continued, âI personally told the President that I also had the opportunity yesterday to speak to the Minister of Finance yesterday. I will also speak to Abu Jinapor. Enough is enough. We will not allow community mining to continue here. We will not allow it. It does no good to anyone, not even the government. Rivers, lands and forests should not be destroyed under NPP government. We have to put an end to it. We have to stop it now.