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We’ll start tracking mining equipment soon, says Minerals Commission boss

Martin Ayisi said the move will ensure that the Minerals Commission monitors the movement of any mining equipment across the country

The Chief executive officer of the Minerals Commission, Martin Ayisi has said his outfit will begin to track the movement of mining excavators in Ghana.

Ayisi said this will ensure that the Minerals Commission monitors the movement of any mining equipment across the country.

Speaking with Kwaku Nhyria-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday, he said, “Within the next two weeks or so, we’ll start tracking the excavators and all earth moving equipment. What it means is that any mining equipment that’s not tracked by the commission is illegal.”

“We have given the licence information to all the security agencies who are being sent out to stop galamsey,” Ayisi added.

“… So, when they [security agencies] approach you it will be with full information on whether you are doing it [mining] legally or illegally; the equipment you are supposed to use and the boundaries you must follow.”

Ayisi also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to curb the galamsey menace in the country.

He said, “We are going to have a security presence at all times in the areas; land and river bodies where galamsey is happening. They will be there until this menace is gotten rid of from our lands.”

Watch the full interview below:

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