The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor (MP), has paid special tributes to the Ghana Armed Forces for its support for the Ministry in the execution of its projects and initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.
Mr Jinapor who paid the tribute when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, yesterday in Accra, noted that the Ministry enjoyed tremendous support from the Ghana Armed Forces in the implementation of projects such as the Green Ghana initiative, among others.
In the area of illegal mining, the Minister observed that the Ghana Armed Forces had played a frontal role in the battle and that 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 activities.
He assured of the readiness of the ministry to deepen its collaboration with the military to not only fight illegal mining but also deal with issues in the land and forestry space.
Vice Admiral Amoama, on his part noted that the frequent engagement initiated by the Ministry with the Armed Forces was indicative of the premium and appreciation the Ministry places on its relationship with the Army.
He assured that the military’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining remains resolute and was ready for the national cause whenever they are called upon.
The Military, through the Operation Halt II taskforce is the leading anti-galamsey brigade in the country.