Galamsey Tour Minister to sanction mine inspector found heavily drunk

The mining inspector who was found drunk during the ministerial tour of some galamsey areas.

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The Lands and Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu has said that he will take action against a mining inspector who was found drunk during the ministerial tour of some galamsey areas.

"How can such a person be responsible for monitoring? ...If you put people like this to work, there is no way you can expect any accuracy in terms of monitoring", he told the media on Thursday, April 2017.

“We are asking that he immediately be transferred to Accra. He is going to work in my office."

Mr Amewu and his deputy, Benito Owusu-Bio, as well as officials of the Minerals Commission in the Eastern Region toured several places including Kubereso, Atiwa, Pinaman, West Anyinam, and Kyebi.

play Some sites as toured by the Lands Minister

 

READ ALSO: Illegal miners who have withdrawn from sites will not return - Amewu assures

Meanwhile, Mr Amewu has assured that all the illegal small scale miners who left the mining sites following the anti-galamsey campaign will not be allowed to return.

A number of excavator operators have reportedly withdrawn their equipment from the illegal mining sites as the ultimatum given by the government to clamp down on illegal mining expired on Wednesday.

Mr Amewu who visited some illegal mining sites to assess the situation said his Ministry will ensure that all excavators withdrawn will not return to the mining sites.

"I know these guys are going out with the intention of returning but that will not happen this time around. They should take it from me. This time, we as a country, not as a government, collectively have agreed that enough is enough," he said.

READ ALSO: Miners begin surrendering excavators as galamsey ultimatum nears

He added that his outfit will keep a close eye on the various sites that have become known for illegal mining activities.

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