The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has commended the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for its unalloyed support to the Ministry in the execution of its projects and initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.
Mr Jinapor relayed the admiration of the Ministry and government for the works by the GAF when he paid courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama.
The Lands Minister noted that his outfit enjoyed tremendous support from the Ghana Armed Forces in the implementation of projects such as the Green Ghana, among others.
In the area of illegal mining, the Minister observed that the Ghana Armed Forces have played a frontal role in the battle, stressing “the strides made wouldn’t have been possible without the diligent and selfless work of the Military”.
He, however, indicated that 2023 presents an opportunity for his outfit as well as the Military to collaborate closely and step up the fight to stamp out illegal mining in the country.
“The Ministry is ready to deepen its collaboration with the Military to not only fight illegal mining but also deal with issues in the Land and Forestry space,” Mr Jinapor assured.
The Chief of Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, said the frequent engagement initiated by the Ministry with the Armed Forces shows the premium and appreciation the Ministry put on its relationship with the Army.
He further reaffirmed the military’s commitment in the fight against illegal mining, saying “we remain resolute and will avail ourselves for the national course when we are called upon”.
The Military, through the Operation Halt II taskforce, is the leading anti-galamsey brigade in the country.