MP Wants Military To Help Save Tanoso River
Illegal mining activities, otherwise known as Galamsey have intensified at Adongo in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region polluting the Tano River.
Information gathered by Neoghana reveals that the illegal mining is been carried out by Chinese nationals who are fully armed and reportedly get support from some of the youth in the area.
Five chiefs from Yamfo, Susuanso, Terchire, Adrobaa, Tanoso and Afrisipakrom, led by Nana Ansah Adu Baah II, Paramount chief of Yamfo Traditional area, have on several occasions kicked against galamsey at Adongo, and the youth have embarked on demonstrations a couple of times, but the situation is still on-going. The Brong Ahafo Regional Security Council (REGSEC) over the years had tried to flush the illegal miners from the area but they have not been successful.
This prompted the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North Constituency, Freda Prempeh, to call for military intervention to crush out the illegal miners to save the river. She said it was worrying that the security agencies have not been able to stop the activities of these illegal miners all this while.
For his part, the Deputy Regional Minister, Mr. Justice Samuel Adjei has revealed that strategies are on the table to completely deal with illegal mining in the area.
The Tano River is the only source of water for over five hundred thousand residents along the river. The Ghana Water Company Limited Plant at Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality takes its raw water from the Tano River.
From: Michael Sarpong MFUM, Adongo