The Head of Public Relations at the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) Albert Kwesi Quainoo has bemoaned the destructive activities of illegal miners and its result on the power supply in the country.
Quainoo was speaking at a town hall meeting organized jointly by the Media Coalition Against Galamsey and National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) at Kyebi.
He explained that illegal mining which is popularly referred to as galamsey has made it difficult for technicians from GRIDCo to carry out checks on high tension cables and power towers found in some mining areas.
He added that the routes which lead to where the high tension cables and power towers are located cannot be accessed due to galamsey.
This, he said was making it difficult to get closer to the cables to determine the condition and to find out if there was any rust of the pylons.
He cited instances where the miners had mined so close to the pylons carrying the power distribution cables that these could collapse unexpectedly and plunge large parts of the country into darkness.
He described the situation as a serious national problem since it was not affecting the operation of GRIDCo, but water supply, the health service and other economic activities.
He indicated that the company had engaged the military to survey the encroached areas to ascertain the extent of the destruction, how to restore the areas and to gain access to the transmission towers.
The Deputy Minister of Information, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Agyei, rallied the people to come together to protect the environment – forest and river bodies.
She called on the general public to join the fight against galamsey. She said it was in the interest of every Ghanaian to join this fight.