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General News of Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Source: citifmonline

Elmina chiefs warn 'illegal gold miners'

The chiefs in Elmina have cautioned residents mining the substance purported to be gold to desist from degrading the environment.

There has been a mad rush for the purported precious mineral by some residents of Elmina and outsiders to the Central region.

Fishermen and school children are said to have abandoned their canoes and schools to join others to struggle for the new find with the hope of making a fortune.

Speaking on behalf of the chiefs, Nana Aduakwa V, Chief of Atonkwa, said they are not in support of the activities of the residents and have stated that appropriate sanctions will be meted out to people who will flout the orders of the authorities to desist from mining the substance.

“First of all we ourselves are not interested in what they are doing…we have our traditional police and they have gone there to [arrest] everybody doing whatever they are doing at the coast.

“We have also issued a warning to whoever flouts this directive; we would look at the appropriate sanctions,” he said.