Illegal Mining Activities Resume Along Accra-Kumasi Highway, Threatening Safety

by Louisa Afful
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A group of unidentified illegal miners, who had previously operated in Osino within the Fanteakwa South District, have recommenced their activities along the main Accra-Kumasi Highway.

On February 8, 2023, the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners discovered deep cracks and water-filled holes at the site, noting that the miners had dangerously diverted the Birim River toward the highway. Following a report by Citi News, the miners ceased activities but have now returned with increased intensity, this time mining on the opposite side of the road near Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) transmission lines, leaving poles precariously hanging.

Godwin Armah, General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners, plans to petition the Minerals Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources about the damage caused. The ECG management has verified the illegal activities and is preparing a statement regarding the threat to their installations.

Despite directives from the Fanteakwa South District Security Council for miners to undertake reclamation, the safety of thousands traveling on the Osino stretch of the highway remains at risk. Significant rainfall could cause that portion of the road to collapse.

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