Inhabitants of Akyem Hemang in the Fanteakwa South District of the Japanese area have petitioned President Akufo-Addo more than elements in the governing New Patriotic Occasion (NPP) participating in illegal mining and logging of financial trees in the spot.
In accordance to them, the involvement of some bigshots in the governing occasion has led to wanton destruction of their arable lands.
“The seeming insecurity on Akyem Hemang Stool lands is as a final result of what we understand to be political involvement of NPP occasion large wigs and it is breeding a worrisome scenario needing the interest of the safety equipment of the state,” they explained in their petition to President Akufo-Addo.
They also accused officers of Procedure Vanguard, an anti Galamsey Taskforce led by the Jap Regional Chairman of the NPP, Kingston Okomeng Kissi who is a miner and the District Main Government, Adjabeng Ntori for supervising blatant disregard to mining polices in the bordering places by Dome Mining Organization and Gyampomani Mining as well as Unlawful logging by BB Alang Co.Ltd.
They say the two firms who are polluting the Birim River, which is the supply of consuming water for people, had grossly flouted the 100 meters area that need to be remaining at the riverbank over and above which mining procedure could be finished.
“Galamstop which was set up to secure river Birem has fairly occur to supply protection for these illegal mining operations at Akyem Hemang -Osino facet of the river Birem. Staff of Galampstop in its place of doing their mandate, relatively standby and look at the illegal miners carry out their illegal functions unperturbed,” the petition stated.
The petition adopted a Push Conference and Protest by citizens of Akyem Hemang Monday to strengthen their worry.
The Residents clad in crimson and black attire keeping placards hit the avenue and invaded the mining internet site ostensibly to demonstrate Journalists about the devastation remaining brought on by the mining business.
This triggered warning shots by some personnel at the website but they have been overpowered and a pump-action gun seized.
Some residents typically peasant farmers told Starr News all arable lands in Akyem Abuakwa have been degraded apart from Akyem Hemang, which has over the a long time kicked in opposition to illegal mining.
They mentioned they would proceed to resist any endeavor to introduce unlawful mining to the group, which could be deleterious to farming.
Nevertheless, residents of Gyampomani a neighbouring local community led by some unlawful miners subsequently mounted roadblocks, avoiding cars from relocating to and from Akyem Hemang amidst molestation and manhandling of motorists and travellers although threatening to crush protestors at Akyem Hemang opposing mining in the area.
They accused people of Akyem Hemang of remaining incited by their de-stooled main, Prof. Mirikissi Apori Atta.
It took reinforcement workforce from the Eastern Regional Law enforcement Command to restore legislation and order in the communities right after Law enforcement team from Kibi District and Osino struggled to include the condition.
The District Main Government for Fanteakwa South Adjabeng Ntori parried accusations of currently being indolent more than the environmental degradations o the region. He also told Starr News a number of initiatives experienced been produced together with the regulatory bodies this sort of as the Environmental Security Agency and H2o Methods Commission to quit the mining providers from mining near to the Birim river have been disregarded.
A joint workforce of armed Police and Galamstop, an anti galamsey taskforce numbering about 50 on Saturday stormed the Akyem Hemang Neighborhood in the Fanteakwa South District of the Eastern Region adhering to clashes amongst the mining corporation and the agitating residents protesting against mining at the river banking companies of Birim river.
The citizens blocked the corporation from carting an excavator by means of the community to their mining internet site at Dome group forcing the organization to reportedly unleash some thugs to also block the most important street foremost to the group.
This action infuriated the currently incensed citizens of Akyem Hemang who pounced on the thugs to defeat them up and tried to established hearth into the hijacked excavator.
Akyem Hemeng lately came into the information just after Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin de-stooled their main, Prof.Mirikissi Apori Atta.
Mark Kofi Aremu, Youth Leader of Akyem Hemang told Starr Information their Main Osabarima (Prof) Mirikisi Okasum Apori Atta’s destoolment by Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin is purely linked to his fight against environmentalist destruction.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Kojo Ansah