The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu will today tour some galamsey areas to inspect compliance with his directive to operators to cease all activities.
The Ministry issued a 21-day ultimatum to galamsey operators to vacate the various concessions.
The deadline given by his Ministry expires today, but the Minister in an interview last night said some operators still lurked in some sites in the Eastern region and were adamant.
“We have picked a lot of information that are quite encouraging-the voluntary withdrawal of earth moving equipment from most of the concession illegally entered into by this galamsey activities. Currently my men are on the field and they are having thorough assessment of the various areas that they have withdrawn and also to assess, if any of them are still working within some of the illegal acquired concession. Tomorrow(Wednesday) I will be on the field myself with the team to get a total overview and review of the past 21-day ultimatum given them. The reports are encouraging. As at today , we’ve had quiet over 300 excavators being moved from various concession sites.”
Meanwhile there have been worrying reports of some Ghanaian businessmen in China being harassed by Chinese officials in what is seen as retaliation to the clampdown on illegal mining in Ghana.
Some Ghanaians have also complained of visa restrictions which travelers say is frustrating their efforts to travel to the Asian country.