Govt’s fight against illegal mining goes high-tech as drones are deployed to mining sites

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Government has taken the fight against illegal mining in the country to another level through the use of high technological penetration

Apart from procuring drones for surveillance purposes in designated places where the practices is deemed pervasive, government has gone a step further by training personnel who will man these drones and other related gadgets and equipment in a project to be rolled out soon

The move forms part of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s quest to combat illegal mining activities which have impacted adversely on the environment, and particularly resulting in the destruction on otherwise arable land and water bodies.

While prioritizing the safety of the environment, the president has also seen the need to reshape how mining activities are conducted with the view to eliminating all forms of adverse effects on the environment, particularly water bodies

The cardinal purpose of the drones according to sources within the committee mandated to ensure the protection of the environment against illegal mining is to ensure that designated areas that are deemed no-go area are not strayed into, by these illegal miners

The drones according to the Charles Bissue led taskforce will be deployed to the various mining sites across the country to ensure real time monitoring of all activities in these mining sites to allow for speedy and timely interventions as and when the need arises  to degrade the environment.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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