The National Peace Council has called on government and other stakeholders fighting the illegal mining menace to handle it with magnanimity and human face so that it doesn’t not degenerate into chaos.
The Council wants the Vanguard operation taskforce to be professional in their operations so as not to cause deaths and injuries to trigger a revolt.
Rev Dr.Nii Amoo-Darku, a governing Board Member of the National Peace Council said this during an interview with the media on Wednesday at the sidelines of a two day workshop on strengthening the capacity of members of the Regional Peace Councils in Conflict mediation ongoing in Koforidua, Eastern region.
According to Rev. Amoo-Darku, even though the Council supports government in the fight against the menace due to its devastating impact on the environment, however, the stakeholders must ensure that the operation of the taskforce does not affect the peace and stability of the country.
One person has been shot dead, properties destroyed while over 100 illegal miners have been arrested since the deployment of a 400 member Operation Vanguard taskforce.
“We are all witnesses of how devastating the practice of galamsey has been on our farmlands and river bodies,we will plead that government and all the stakeholders involved will be magnanimous in dealing with it .We do not anticipate a situation where people are killed because we want to curb it, when that happens people will want to fight back and therefore those who have been put in charge must do it with a human face so that there will not be such situations where lives are lost and properties destroyed”.
The workshop is being attended by all regional representatives of the National Peace Council, the representatives of the European Union (EU) and United Nation Development Fund (UNDP).