A staff member at the Office of the President and former Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the now-defunct State Enterprises Commission, Mr. Newton-Offei Justice Abeeku has disagreed with the policy that says excavators confiscated from illegal miners be burnt on the site of the illegal mining activity.
Addressing a press briefing in Accra yesterday, April 30, 2021, the Minister for Defense, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul announced that any equipment that will be ceased from the ‘galamseyers’ by the anti-galamsey taskforces; will be set ablaze at the site where they have been ceased. He indicated that no ceased equipment will be taken away from the site.
“…and like I said, we are not taking any equipment home, we are not seizing any equipment, no equipment will be returned home. It’s not like before where you will seize equipment, they will all be destroyed on-site, it is as simple as that. So, there is nothing like we are taking excavators, nothing will come home, everything will be destroyed at sight,” Hon. Nitiwul stated at the press briefing.
But for Mr. Abeeku, burning the confiscated equipment is not a good idea that needs to be executed as it will amount to waste of money.
According to the presidential staffer; “When vehicles used in committing(sic) crimes are confiscated, they are either auctioned or put to good use by the State. So why are excavators confiscated from illegal galamseyers being set ablaze?!!!,” he quizzed in a facebook post GhanaVanguard.com sighted.