The Ghana Army, supported by the Navy and Air Force have so far cleared a total of 230 platforms and 365 Changfan machines covering a total distance of 267 kilometers stretch of the rivers Pra and Offin and their tributaries as part of their activities to flush out illegal small-scale miners from some major river bodies and forest reserves in Ashanti, Eastern, Western and Western North Regions.
The operation dubbed Operation Halt II was re-activated in April this year and the army has continued to conduct follow-up surgical operations in targeted areas to sustain the campaign to rid river bodies of all illegal mining activities in the county.
The Ghana Armed Forces said the areas so far cleared include; Beposo upstream, Daboase, Sekyere Krobo, Sekyere Nsuta, Mamposo, Twifo Praso, Awisam up to Asaman (the confluence of River Pra and Offin).
The clearing team also resumed operations on River Offin and is currently at Abora within the Upper Denkyira East Municipality.
Areas along River Offin that have been cleared include Asma Camp, Denkira Foso, Badoa No.1 and 2, Kyekyewere, Buabenso, Akyempim and Dunkwa.
The GAF in a statement noted that a total of 110 platforms and 185 Changfan machines have been destroyed on river Offin, covering a distance of approximately 114 kilometers.
The GAF has advised all persons engaged in illegal mining, especially along the country’s river bodies and forest reserves, to desist from these criminal activities or risk being severely dealt with according to the laws of the nation.