Parliament has constituted a five-member ad hoc committee to develop a roadmap for dealing with the menace of sand winning in the country.
The committee, chaired by the Nsawam Adoagyiri MP, Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh, has Mr. Andy Appiah Kubi, Asante Akim North MP and Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, the Berekum East representative as members.
The rest are Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Ablekuma South MP and Ms. Sophia Karen Ackuaku, Domeabra/Obom lawmaker.
The formation of the committee follows an advocacy by Mr. Annoh-Dompreh, who decried the activities of sand miners in his constituency and other parts of the country.
In a statement on the floor of the House last month, Mr. Annoh-Dompreh, said the wanton dissipation of land was affecting agriculture and could lead to food insecurity in the country.
“What makes the activities of sand winners so disgusting is the way they destroy farm lands. They hardly give farmers prior notification.
“Immediately they complete their contract agreements with the so-called land owners, they quickly move to the sites to initiate destruction of crops with the aid of bulldozers and excavators”, he noted.
Mr. Annoh-Dompreh said sand winning posed health threat to residents as the heavy machines used in the activities create excessive noise, dust and create gullies near homes, which have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
He expressed appreciation to the speaker for heeding to his advocacy, adding that the committee’s first meeting would be to develop a work plan.
Mr. Annoh-Dompreh said the committee would collaborate with all agencies working in environmental protection for workable recommendations for a lasting solution.
According to Mr. Annoh-Dompreh “the work of this committee won’t be one of those parliamentary committee reports, which never see its recommendations implemented.”
Announcing the formation of the committee last Friday, the First Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu, entreated the members to work in the best interest of the country.
He asked the committee to work with urgency, and report to the house in due course.
Mr. Osei-Owusu said the work of the special purpose committee, should give a clear indication on how the menace would be addressed in tandem with existing legislations.