Scores of Chinese illegal miners have reportedly invaded Ata- Ne-Ata, a farming community in the Asutifi South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Assembly Member of Woromumuso, Atta-Ne-Atta Amanfrom Electoral Area, Mustapha Mohammed who confirmed this to Citi News said the Chinese illegal miners were accompanied by some sub-chiefs from the Hwidiem Traditional who are custodians of the land.
The Paramount Chief of Hwidiem Traditional Area, Nana Appiah Dwaa Boafo II declined to speak on the matter when contacted.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini in 2014 revealed that cabinet will soon approve a memorandum that will prescribe severe punishment for illegal miners in Ghana.
However a non-governmental organisation, WACAM, in the same year revealed that illegal mining activities were increasing in Ghana, despite moves by a Presidential taskforce to put down the unlawful trade.
“Even installations that are not commissioned, such as Bui and other areas are under threat from Galamsey,” a top official of WACAM, Hannah Owusu Koranteng, stated in April, 2014.
The term ‘Galamsey’ is a Ghanaian slang used loosely to describe illegal mining activities around the country.