Operation Halt II: Soldiers Seize 30 Excavators From Galamseyers – Lands Minister

Samuel Abu Jinapor, the minister of lands and natural resources, has declared the resumption of the “Operation Halt” operation to combat the threat of illicit mining (galamsey) in the nation.


He stated that this second stage of “Operation Halt” will be entirely handled by the military.


During an interview with host Nana Yaw Kesseh on Peace FM’s morning program “Kokrokoo,” the Minister stated that Operation Halt II has already begun with the troops capturing some galamseyers’ excavators.

As I speak with you now, they have seized almost close to 30 excavators. It has already begun. It started about two or three days ago and it’s going to be sustainable . . . The soldiers are going to go on for as long as it takes. They will decide. They will make those decisions, not me, the Minister . . . they will have command and control responsibility in terms of when to go, how to go, where to go, how to go about their operations; all of it will be in the hands of the Military. We are responsible for policy but they will conduct operational implementation,” he said.

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