The fight against illegal mining operations in the Atiwa District has become biggest challenge, The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Atiwa West Constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah has said.
“I am not against mining since it provide employment for the youth in the country. I am against the wanton destruction of forests, pollution of water bodies such as the Birim River and land degradation through illegal gold mining…this is totally unacceptable,” Mr. Amoako-Attah said at Akyem-Awenare in the Atiwa District.
Mr. Amoako-Attah, appealed to those engaged in the industry to operate through laid-down rules and regulations and ensure that all mined-out areas were covered since leaving them open made them death traps.
He stated that his major preoccupation since he became the MP in the area had been to build a strong and united community where both indigenes and settlers saw one another as one people to promote the growth of the constituency.
Mr. Amoako-Attah said this year, he would continue to lobby for the rehabilitation of the road network in the area which he described as very bad; citing the 12-kilometre Anyinam to Kwabeng, the district capital and to Sankubease as examples.
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