Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Brogya Genfii, has alleged that Operation Vanguard (OV) was only protecting foreign nationals who are still engaging in illegal mining, contrary to claims that it has chalked some success against the menace.
Officials of Operation Vanguard last week Tuesday stated that their activities were yielding good results, scoring themselves 75% of the total work.
OV also revealed that it has so far arrested 1,129 illegal miners who were being prosecuted in various law courts in the country.
Operation Vanguard during the same week shot two illegal miners killing them all at Prestea, a mining community in the Western Region.
However, speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM, Mr Genfi said OV has gone contrary to the task given them.
“As we sit here, Chinese are all over in our forest reserves felling timber to mine. Chinese are mining in our forest under the watch and security protection of Operation Vanguard while we kill our own Ghanaian men and women, yet none of them has been arrested,” the aspiring NDC national youth organiser alleged.
He also argued that the ban on small-scale mining has undoubtedly halted most economic activities in the country.
Mr Genfi during the latter part of the show claimed the Chinese were mining under the guise of reclaiming destroyed lands, hence calling on the authorities to up their game in order to nib their activities in the bud.
“These foreigners are mining under the guise of land reclamation,” he claimed.
Operation Vanguard is a task force consisting of personnel from the various security agencies mostly the army and the police.
The task force formed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is mandated to end illegal mining activities in the country’s forest reserves that were directly and indirectly, destroying water bodies with fears that the situation could get out of hand if it was not checked.
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