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The Ankobra river looks life-giving again. The silver flickers on its surface as the sun flashes over the water is back. Severely raped of its beauty by illegal mining in their careless search for gold at all cost, the river turned the colour of the precious mineral  - golden brown.

Its only sign language to communicate its destruction was the depressing change in colour. That silent 260km stretch – same distance from Takoradi to Accra – became lazy-moving, hampered by heavy residue and greedy miners.

Until the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining stepped in. Soldiers and police officers became the PRO of this river. Making a case, albeit militant, the taskforce has clapmed down pollution and collusion between the locals and foreigners to illegally mine there.

Read more: Fishes Return to Ankobra River as Illegal Miners Exit

The Petroleum Commission (PC) has recorded 17,822 incursions within the safety zones of three oil and gas installations in three years, a situation it says threatens upstream oil and gas assets and the lives of the fishers.

The installations are the Jubilee, the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Sankofa and the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) oilfields.

The PC said instead of declining, the number of incursions by canoe fishermen rose to 7,015 as of October last year, from 4,185 in 2016 and 6,622 in 2017.

This came to light during an engagement with members of the Western Regional House of Chiefs in Takoradi. The Manager in charge of Health, Safety and Environment at the PC, Mr C. K. James, named some of the canoes that notoriously flouted the rules as By God’s Grace, Yehowa Dzi Mikwelo, C. C. F. Psalm 23, Enso Nyame Ye, Greater to Grace and Ben Gee.

Read more: Fishermen’s Incursions Threaten Oil, Gas Installations

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