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Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, was on Wednesday, 7 March, presented with the Pan-African Enterprise and Achievers award for being adjudged the best performing minister for 2017.
The Director General of the Bureau of Research, Governance and Commerce Administration, Professor Victor Yankah, presenting the customised plaque to the minister, said: "The government's efforts [to stop galamsey] have started yielding results and based on this last year, we wanted to give him this award."
He also said that the award by the Bureau, is to inform ministers that they are being watched by organisations and the citizenry no matter what they do. "Although it is a token, nonetheless we hope it will do something for him."
Mr Amewu, who was excited about the award, thanked the Bureau for the gesture and for recognising the anti-galamsey efforts of the Inter-Ministerial Task force led by the Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.
The minister indicated that although the ministry is saddled with a lot of difficulties which include activities of illegal miners and land guards, they will overcome them. "We will be motivated by this token and this will serve as a trigger.”
The award was in recognition of the minister’s extraordinary role in government’s decision to put a stop to illegal mining, which is blamed for the destruction of the environment.