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Minerals Commission: Disregard reports of pollution in Tano River

The Minerals Commission has refuted claims suggesting the Tano River has been polluted as a result illegal mining. It comes after media reports

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The Minerals Commission has refuted claims suggesting the Tano River has been polluted as a result illegal mining.

It comes after media reports suggesting the Tano River has been polluted over the past few months.

A statement issued by the Minerals Commission on Sunday (18 September), said government has taken measures to tackle the menace of illegal mining.

“The attention of the Minerals Commission has been drawn to a video that was shown on UTV on Thursday 15 September 2022 indicating that six months ago, the Tano River along the stretch on the bridge was clean but as at the time of the reportage of the video, the river is polluted.

“The Commission wishes to inform the public that on 17th September 2022, the District Officer of the Bibiani Office of the Commission visited the area and duly confirmed that the river along the bridge is clean as per the video attached.”

“The Commission wishes to remind the media and the public that, Government has taken measures to deal with illegal mining. These measures include the purchase of speed boats for the permanent patrol of the waterbodies by the Ghana Navy, the training of river guards to complement the efforts of the Ghana Navy, tracking of earth moving machines and decommissioning of excavators and other structures mounted in the waterbodies,” the statement added.

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