Following revelations by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng who is the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation and also Chairperson for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) that most of the excavators that were seized from illegal miners have vanished, head of research at policy think-tank, Imani Africa, Patrick Kwabena Stephenson, has declared that we have part-time corruption fighters who are confronted with full time corruption.
For him the fact ten forty feet containers containing 400
tricycles were moved out of the premises of the Northern Development
Authority(NDA) with impunity and the reported ‘vanishing’ of the seized
excavators points to an ineffective fight against corruption.
“When 10, forty feet, containers with heavy mopeds get
moved without consequences of course, we will then migrate to moving heavy duty
earth moving equipment used for galamsey!
Part time corruption fighters wanting to exorcise full time corruption!” he commented on social media sighted by MyNewsGh.com.
Through various efforts, over 500 excavators used by
galamsey operators had been seized and parked at various district assemblies
for safe keeping as prosecutions proceeded but the Minister has stated that the
excavators have gone missing.
In 2017 government mounted a spirited ‘attack’ against illegal mining by setting up the Operation Vanguard Team to arrest the illegal miners across the country. They seemed to be achieving results.
However recent reports point to a resurgence in illegal
mining notwithstanding governments several initiatives.