Sanitation Minister laments the destruction of water bodies
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah has expressed worry over the level of devastation caused by illegal miners on various water bodies in the Eastern Region.
The minister was addressing the press after a working visit to Kyebi, Osino, and Bunso, in the Eastern Region.
She used the opportunity to inspect the current condition of the Birem river which serves a very large populace in the region.
She indicated that the Birem River was considered the cleanest water body in the region but due to the activities of illegal miners along the riverbank, it has now become an eyesore.
Mrs. Abena Dapaah revealed that the menace of the illegal miners along the water bodies has caused its turbidity to rise above the limit.
“Aside from the operation which is done on Birem River, Kyebi has the clearest water source with a turbidity of 11 which is within the internationally acceptable unit. As you heard from the manager in Bunso, the turbidity was 1900 and 330 in the afternoon meaning when we are asleep, people have been working on the river hence its rise in turbidity”.
She cautioned those responsible for such activities to desist from such illegal operations to pave way for the provision of clean potable water for communities.
The minister further assured that the government is working assiduously to put an end to this canker in the country.
“We all have seen what the president is doing to fight this menace. Money has been spent to purchase machines to treat water for the people to drink but due to its muddy nature, the required capacity cannot be treated to meet the needs of the people. People need clean potable drinking water so I will appeal to all those involved in Galamsey to stop it.”
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, had this to say:
“I believe we are all witnesses to all these damages caused by the operations of illegal miners who would go every length to dig for money. I will on this note, urge the “Operation Halt” Military team not to relent in their fight against the Galamsey in the Eastern region.”