29 March 2018. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa has warned recalcitrant illegal miner not to thwart the efforts of Operation Vanguard as their actions would be met with the full rigors of the law.
He added that illegal mining had caused much destruction in our environment, some river bodies, lands and natural resources and therefore urged the taskforce not to relent on the war against illegal mining. He emphasized that illegal miners should resort to legal channels of mining while they addressed their challenges or grievances.
He said these when he led a high powered delegation from Military and Police Service to pay a one day working visit to the three Forward Operation Bases (FOB) of the taskforce in the Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions on Thursday 29 March, 2018.
He acknowledged the efforts of the taskforce and cautioned the taskforce to be on the alert, be mindful of deep uncovered pits, cyanide compound and other harmful chemicals used during the illegal mining process. He asked them to stick to the rules of engagement to ensure that items and equipment seized from illegal miners were properly secured for exhibit during prosecution of offenders.
The CDS further noted that plans were far advanced to deploy special troops to the Central Region as well as reinforce the personnel strength in the already existing FOB’s in the Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions.
Briefing the delegation on the operational activities of the Operation Vanguard, the commander, National Anti-Galamsey Taskforce, Col Michael Amoah-Ayisi noted that each FOB needs a Lobed Trailer Vehicle to aid transport all impounded equipment to a centralized and well secured place.
Col Amoah-Ayisi further appealed for additional vehicles to be deployed in the area of responsibility, a tactical drone to enable the taskforce capture real-time events of those recalcitrant illegal miners on camera and legal officers to help effectively prosecute offenders.