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Ashanti: Mpatasia JHS assistant Headmaster dies in ‘galamsey’ pit

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A 47-year-old vice Headmaster of Mpatasie D/A Secondary School in Amansie South District of the Ashanti Region has died after falling into a mine pit.
Officials say Akwasi Anane was on a routine trip to his mining concession on Tuesday (October 4) when the incident occurred at about 9pm.
The deceased is said to have missed a step and fallen into one of the abandoned mining pits. His body was immediately pulled from the mud after the rescue mission.
However, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The District Coordinator for the National Disaster Management Organization for Amansie South Edward Oduro Nsiah confirmed the development to
“He’s a teacher and he also has a concession, so he went to the site very late. He was standing at the top of the pit and trying to take a step he slipped and fell into the pit. His body has been deposited at St. Martin Hospital in Agroyesum,” Nsiah said.
“It doesn’t pay to fight against galamsey. For example, when you come to Amansia South, almost 80 percent of the indigenes are engaged in illegal mining. We have lost at least six lives in different places in the last two months and this is very worrying,” he added.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, who has already visited mining sites in the Amansie South enclave, is still stunned by the level of environmental destruction by illegal miners and said the government will continue to deploy the military to quell such activities. .
“It should baffle all of us as citizens and policy makers and stakeholders in this struggle how an operation like this in the heart of the forest and remote areas of our country can go on without being alerted by the police, chiefs, local political leadership, assembly workers, district director and even even the inspectorate department of the minerals commission,” said Mr. Jinapor.

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