Following Abusua News’ report, the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has ordered the Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska to stay away from the Wassa Juabo forest in the Western Region with immediate effect.
The order came in after the minister and some soldiers visited the site on Friday.
It will be recalled that Abusua FM News’ over the weekend reported that a Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska mining in Wassa Juabo Forest was still mining in the forest despite Tarkwa High Court injunction order stopping it from mining in the forest.
On November 16, 2016, the Tarkwa High Court ordered the Company to stay away from the Wassa Juabo Forest since their operations were illegal.
A letter intercepted by ultimatefmonline.com revealed that on November 29, 2016, the Minerals Commission urged C&G Aleska Mining Company to cease forthwith all forms of operations including prospecting since its prospecting license do not permit them to engage in extraction (mining) on the concession.
The Spokesperson for Wassa Youth Association and the Agona Family in Wassa Juabo Evans Kwafo confirming the Defence Minister’s visit to Abusua FM’s Nana Ama Annor on Monday said the Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska has stopped mining in the forest after the visit.
According to Evans Kwafo, soldiers have been deployed to protect the forest from the Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska.
Mr. Evans Kwafo urged government to force the company to compensate Agona Family in Wassa Juabo and the entire community for destroying their land and water bodies illegally.
“We thank President Akufo-Addo for addressing our concerns without delay. The Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska is not mining in the forest again after the Defence Minister’s visit. We strongly believe that the Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska will go back to the site if government refuses to put measures in place to stop the company from mining permanently. The C&G Aleska miner must face the law for doing galamsey despite the Tarkwa High Court injunction order,” he said.
Mr Kwafo however appealed to the Chief Justice to implement the Tarkwa High Court order and bring the final ruling of the court issue between the Agona family and the Canadian Mining Company C&G Aleska.