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.