General News of Monday, 10 July 2017
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has said that he is not “too surprised” about the discovery of a hidden audio visual device in his office at the Ministry.
“It is quite shocking. It is a caution for us to be careful in the environment we are working in. I am not too surprised; but it is an interesting thing that has been uncovered,” the Minister said.
“The fight against illegal mining is a presidential directive. The President gave this directive that we must keep the environment. And I am not doing this alone. I am doing it with other sectoral Ministers so it is a caution that we should be extra careful,” Mr. Amewu added.
The device, according to the Minister, was discovered after a screening process at the Ministry.
It is however unclear who planted the device there, when it was installed and for what purpose, although the National Security Ministry has begun investigations into it.
The Minister, who has been championing the fight against illegal mining since he assumed his role, has taken some drastic measures, including placing a six-month ban on small scale mining to sanitize the industry.
Many Ghanaians survive on illegal mining activities, which is also backed by some traditional authorities, politicians and other influential persons in society.
The fight against the menace, is therefore considered quite complicated, due to the widespread interests.