Government, on Wednesday May 5, sent a 200 strong specially trained and fully armed police officers to protect all the large scale mining companies across the country from possible attacks.
Before their deployment to the mining companies, all the 200 police officers were taken through a special training in mineral law, voluntary principles, human right, officer safety, weapon handling, use of minimum force among others so as to make them super efficient.
The 200 police officers were drawn from all the 16 regions of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Police Supt. Henry Ayisi Mensah, in a speech delivered on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), urged the 200 officers to work with maximum professionalism and maintain a zero tolerance for any form of compromise.
He urged them to eschew all forms of illegalities but to remain focused on the reason for which they were deployed
George Mireku Duker, the Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, in an address delivered on behalf of the sector Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor said government is determined to build “a viable and sustainable mining industry to mutually benefit the State and the investment community”.
George Mireku Duker commended the five-member committee inaugurated by the Lands and Natural Resources to oversee the provision of security for the mines and also urged them to continue their good work to ensure sustainability.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of mines Mr Sulemana Koney expressed the Chamber’s appreciation to government for agreeing to provide security for mining companies.
He explained that the mining industry continues to foster the economy and the Minerals Resources is held in trust by H.E the President for the people.
He further assured the trainees that “You have the backing of the Chamber of mines while on duty at the mine”.
The 10- day special mining training for the 200 Police officers drawn from all 16 regions of the country took place from 24th of April- 5th May, 2021. Also present at the Passing Out ceremony today were the Deputy Minister Designate for Information Hon. Fatimatu Abubakar, Technical Director for Mines at the Ministry Mr. Peter Awuah and the Director of Special weapons and tactics (SWAT) Chief Supt. Theodore Hlormenu.