The head of the joint Inter-Ministerial and the Association of small scale mining task force, Mr, Francis Asibi Abu, has estimated that, about 30,000 acres of the Amenase Forest Reserved near Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District in the Central region has been destroyed by the Chinese illegal miners.
The Chinese nationals who have pitched various camp in the forest have also seized and destroyed most of the farm land belonging to the peasant farmers in the area without compensation.
The Amenase forest reserved which is about 74,000 kn square is gradually becoming host for Chinese illegal miners suspected to be shielded by some high placed personalities and politicians in the country.
Briefing journalist on the issue, it was revealed that, the Chinese illegal miners have been mining under a prospecting license from Alaska C&G mining since 2012, which it claims have a mining lease.
Addressing Journalist after a tour to the forest, Mr Francis Asibi Abu, disclosed that, about 13 illegal Chinese miners without proper documentations were arrested and handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service for further interrogations during an operation held last.
Over 20 operational Sanny excavators belonging to the Chinese were retrieved in the middle of the Amenase forest reserved without legitimate license to operate.
The head of the joint team, explained that, the activities of illegal mining in the forest has not only depleted the forest and it ecosystem but has also created death traps for both the forest guards and peasant farmers in the area, as open holes have been created in various points in the forest.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs and residents of the surrounding communities have chastised the government for coming in late to expedite action to halt the illegal mining activities in the area.
“We need schools, markets and a hospital to avoid losing most of our pregnant women who meets their untimely death when they are being carried on motor bikes to far place to deliver”, the residents cried