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General News of Thursday, 27 February 2020

Source: primenewsghana.com

Operation Vanguard ordered to withdraw from all illegal mining areas - Report


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Report suggests that Operation Vanguard, the anti-galamsey operation task force has been ordered to withdraw from all illegal mining areas in the country with immediate effect.

Barring any last-minute changes, the soldiers will start pulling out from tomorrow and the police will take over fully.

Their base at Tarkwa in the Western Region is expected to start moving out tomorrow and the Ashanti Region will follow suit in March.

There are reports that this development came about as a result of recent backlash from the public against the Military, allegations of bribery in the fight against illegal mining, the lack of confidence from the public among others.

This necessitated the Military Command which is the seat of government to pull out and the police takeover because it is their main duty to do these things.

The issue of the missing galamsey excavators has not also helped the course of the task force as some are alleging that they have a hand in it.

Operation Vanguard is a Military Police Joint Task Force (JTF) set up by the President of Ghana in 2017 to combat the operation of galamsey in Ghana. Galamseyers are illegal miners and have over the years depleted Ghana's forest cover. Their activities also pollute water bodies due to the crude and unregulated nature of the mining process.

The formation of Operation Vanguard was necessitated by the formation of the Media Coalition Against Galamsey on 4 April 2017.

The coalition was a collective of concerned journalists in Ghana led by workers of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.

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