The Director in charge of Intersectoral /Network of the Environmental Protection Authority, Mr. Ransford Sekyi has said the Environmental Protection Authority hands are tight when it comes to regulating water pollution and other environmental challenges caused by illegal miners.
Mr. Ransford Sekyi was a panel member for the Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum held in Accra yesterday by the Canadian High Commission on the theme “addressing environmental challenges towards sustainable mining in Ghana”
“Let me humbly emphasize this, Galamsey have become more of a security issue than regulatory “he said
In an interview with Obuasitoday.com at the forum, Mr. Sekyi debunked notions that his office is doing nothing when it comes to illegal miners polluting river bodies with the deadly mercury.
“Some time ago I was nearly lynched by some irate illegal miners when we confronted them on this same issue at their site. We are doing a lot behind closed doors about it”, he stressed.
All should come on board
According to him, the Environmental Protection Authority can never fight this menace alone but with the help of all stakeholders, the battle can be won.
“I call on the local chiefs, local government authorities, and journalists,CSOs and community members to join us fight this canker of river pollution which is now a burden on the EPA”, he stated.