The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament is pushing for the security agencies to be given the power to shoot those involved in illegal mining popularly called ‘galamsey’.
Joseph Osei Owusu says this is the only way to deter criminals from engaging in that act.
He was contributing to a statement on the Floor of Parliament by Kumbugu legislator, Ras Mubarak, who condemned the recent burning of trucks in his constituency by the military.
“Extreme behaviour must be met with an extreme response. We are dealing with people who are determined at every point to make their money without regards what they are doing to the environment,” he said.
According to him, the total cost of equipment destroyed cannot be compared with the lives that will negatively be affected by their illegal operations.
His comment is in reaction to the torching of least 14 tipper trucks and an excavator by a crack team of military personnel after several warnings to sand winners to stop their illegal activity close to the Dalun river.
Officials of the Ghana Water Company had raised concerns about the continuous pollution of the Dalun river due to the activities of sand winners.
The Northern region relies heavily on dams and rivers for their water supplies but most of these dams and rivers usually dry up in the dry season.