Deputy Lands Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio, on August 22, 2022 revealed that illegal mining is endemic in the Bosome Freho District of the Ashanti Region, especially in the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve.

This was after he led a team of officers from the Ministry, including the CEO of the Forestry Commission, on a visit to the Reserve.

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Benito Owusu-Bio & John Allotey shocked at devastation

The visit followed an intervention by the military task force to flush out illegal miners who had destroyed several hectares of the forest.

“Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve in the Bosome Freho District…this is the third time I am actually coming to this point and I think this place is very endemic with illegal [mining] activities,” he observed.

The Reserve has become a hotbed for illegal mining activities in recent times as sections of it have been targeted by galamsey operators.

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The miners have destroyed portion of the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve

Mr Owusu-Bio was unhappy that there had been little support from the District Security Committee in the area, headed by Yaw Danso, to the illegal mining fight.

“The District Security, the District Assembly must be up and doing because they are here. We in Accra cannot come here all the time. They must be up and doing, they must cooperate with district managers and that will help,” he added.

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Portion of the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve has been destroyed by illegal miners

This was the fourth time in a year the Forestry Commission had responded to the operations of illegal miners in the Bosome Freho District.

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A washing equipment at Bosomtwe Range Foret Reserve

DCE summoned

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Bosome Freho, Yaw Danso, has been summoned by the Local Government Minister over his alleged involvement in illegal mining.

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Equipment set on fire at Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve

He is said to have been engaged in transactions linked to mining concessions in the district.

Mr. Danso, however, is yet to respond to the summon.

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President Akufo-Addo revealed this during a meeting with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Kumasi on Wednesday, October 5.

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Military officer inspecting mining equipment at Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve

“Your colleague in Bosome Freho has been summoned by the Minister for Local Government to come and answer questions over the public accusations, and depending on the quality of his response we will decide what the future holds for him,” the President said.

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Members of Taskforce destroying equipment at Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve

According to President Akufo-Addo, other claims involving leaked audio in which the DCE is heard claiming some percentage from a share of mining concession would be investigated thoroughly.

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Galamsey in Bosomtwe Range

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