According to him, in 2014 in the course of the erstwhile administration of John Mahama, the then-DCE for the area was fired after 5 chang fangs had been found on the Offin River getting used for unlawful mining activities.
However, after 838 chang fangs had been found working on the Offin River by Operation Halt, the ruling government has failed to take away the DCE from put up for dereliction of obligation.
He indicated that the failure of the DCE to stop and defend the water body inside his district was sufficient cause for his dismissal as his actions and inactions have tremendously undermined the combat against galamsey.
Speaking on PM Express he said, “When we visited Kyekyerewere, you know there was a collapse of a mine pit at kyekyerewere which killed 9 people. I went there in the company of Gbevlo Lartey, the Police Commander for Dunkwa, the BNI Commander for Dunkwa, and the District Chief Executive.
“So after we had seen the mining pit, the dugout, I decided to go and see the River Offin and see its state because that dugout was close to the river. When I saw five [Chang fangs] and I turned and asked the District Chief Executive, ‘why do we have these contraptions on River Offin? Don’t you know that there is no law that permits mining on a water body?