The heads of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Police Service have congratulated Operation Vanguard for a good work done in the fight against illegal miners.The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, patted the taskforce while interacting with personnel at the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regional Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).
Lt Gen Akwa said he was pleased to see the Taskforce in high morale and willing to do more for mother Ghana in the quest to stop activities of illegal miners.
He added that the achievement of the Taskforce so far was remarkable in spite of the challenges and advised troops to focus on the job and be mindful of their safety.
The CDS disclosed that more Naval personnel, Engineers from the Ghana Army and Marine Police would join the Taskforce to help flush out all illegal miners operating on water bodies.
On his part, the IGP added that he was very happy to see the success gained so far by the Taskforce. “You have every right to celebrate this achievement.”
He was also happy with the cooperation amongst the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service and hoped other countries would emulate same.
At Afosu in the Eastern region, the Chief Abirem and Ag. Gyasehene of the Kotoku Traditional Area, Obrempong Akwesi Amo Kyeretwie was grateful to the CDS and IGP for the good work of the Taskforce. “Our rivers are clean now and we appreciate your efforts,” he said.
In his remarks, the Taskforce Commander, Colonel William Agyapong, thanked the CDS and the IGP for their support, encouragement and strategic directions which he said have accounted for the success of the Taskforce.
The entourage of the CDS and IGP included; Brig. Gen Nick Kporku, Director General Joints Operations at the General Headquarters; COP Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno, In-Charge of Special Duties at the Police Headquarters: and Capt. (GN) Godwin Livinus Bessing, Director Naval Operation.
Source: Daily Graphic
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