A postgraduate Environmental Science student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mr. Enoch Anhwere Afoakwah says he disagrees with the minister of Lands and Natural resources, Hon. John Peter Amewu’s assertion that, equipments such as excavators and other equipments seized from illegal mining operations should be blown up as part of his radical approach to end the menace of illegal mining in the country.
Mr John Peter Amewu – Lands and Natural Resources Minister
Mr. Afoakwah contends that the destruction of these plants and equipments will not in anyway inure to the benefit of the state. It is this same equipments they are using to wreck havoc to the environment that should be used to restore back the integrity of the environment.
Hence, destroying them will mean the state will have to use the scarce taxpayers money to procure same equipments to reclaim our destroyed lands and desilt our silted water bodies.
Mr. Afoakwah is of the view that, if the current legal regime used in regulating the mining sector does not confer automatic ownership to the state of such plants and equipments seized as a result of illegal mining , then the ministry should as a matter of urgency initiate moves to amend the law for the benefit of the state.
If it happens so, such equipments could be distributed to the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to enhance the management of the environment especially in the areas of land reclamation, desilting of choked gutters, refuse dumpsites, watercourses etc. to avert or minimise flooding and to restore environmental integrity.