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Drones to fight ‘galamsey’ missing

It has come to light that the about 200 drones—commonly referred to as “galamsey”—that were bought in March 2017 to combat illegal mining are purportedly gone.

The $3 million drones that were bought by the former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, are reportedly nowhere to be located.

This was revealed by Michael Peprah, president of the Small Scale Miners Association, in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show on Friday.

The government came under harsh criticism for choosing to purchase the drones to combat “galamsey.”

However, Mr. Amewu defended the purchase, claiming that the drones’ unique qualities will significantly help the anti-galamsey activities.

When they are in the air, these drones are invisible. Even at a height of nearly 3,000 kilometers, they may descend at a speed of roughly five meters without making any sound. Up to around 27, 000 feet above sea level, it can travel. It’s quite intricate and it can do a lot of things, he remarked in an interview with Citi FM in Accra.

However, Michael Peprah made it clear that the drones cannot be located.

He issued a challenge to the show’s host, Omanhene Kwabena Asante: “Call and ask where the drones are; you just called them.”

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