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Jinapor: We’ll deal with both NPP, NDC illegal miners

The lands and natural resources minister says politicians found culpable in the fight against illegal mining would not be spared

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  • "The laws would have to be applied and it must be applied fully. There should be no consideration for the law, whether you are a National Democratic Congress (NDC) member or New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, or you are this or that."

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has served notice that persons who flout the government’s directive on galamsey will be dealt with irrespective of their political affiliation or social status.

Jinapor has also called for a broad nonpartisan effort to deal with galamsey (illegal mining) and its rippling effects on other natural resources.

The minister on Monday engaged the Western Regional Security Council as part of a decentralised approach to deal with the menace in affected communities.

Speaking to Asaase News after the meeting, Jinapor said the engagement forms part of efforts to ensure that the various regional security councils of affected regions are fully briefed and empowered to enforce the law.

“The laws would have to be applied and it must be applied fully. There should be no consideration for the law, whether you are a National Democratic Congress (NDC) member or New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, or you are this or that,” he said.

No regard for position

Jinapor added: “There should be absolutely no regard for persons and their coloration or their position in our society. The laws should be enforced without fear or favour, and that has been communicated clearly to the regional security council. I am very happy with the assurance given by REGSEC that they are responsible for the security component of this fight and they are determined to do so without fear or favour.”

Meanwhile, the minister has cautioned metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in the Western Region not to entertain illegal mining within their jurisdictions.

He called on them to play a major role in the renewed fight against illegal mining.

Philip Asiawo

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