Two major water bodies in the Western North Region, River Bia and River Tano, which were heavily polluted by illegal mining activities, have started regaining their normal state.
Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, was excited about the current development but cautioned there is more to be done to deal with illegal mining in the country.
He was in the Western North Region for a working visit.
One major problem the newly created region is facing is illegal mining also known as galamsey.
River Bia and River Tano had almost lost their aquatic life due to illegal mining activities.
Activities of illegal miners cost residents their major source of water.
The Lands and Natural Resources Minister was in the region to court the support of relevant stakeholders to effectively curb illegal mining.
He began the one-day tour with a courtesy call on the Western North Regional Minister, Richard Ebbah Obeng.
Samuel Jinapor admitted that, although ‘Operation Halt’ has chalked some successes in the fight against illegal mining, there is more work to be done to ultimately flush out illegal miners.
The Western North Regional Minister, Richard Ebbah Obeng, noted that a strong collaboration is needed to win the war against illegal mining.
The two ministers subsequently met with members of the Regional Security Council.
Mr. Jinapor noted that they have adopted some strategies that will in the coming days help curb the illegal mining menace.
The Minister also met with the Regional House of Chiefs and staff of agencies under the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry to court their support to help in the Greening Ghana agenda and responsible mining.
Mr. Jinapor and his team took a trip to some water bodies that have been polluted as a result of illegal mining.