Earlier this year, It was reported that the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Baoteng, had disclosed that 500 Excavators A.K.A, Earth-moving Machines, seized by the Operation Vanguard, were missing.
This news was received with shock as many people could not believe how those heavy duty machines could be missing. Some sarcastically asked if the excavators developed wings and flew away to some wonderland. Or rather if they were charmed to vanish into thin air.
A little background
Now, it will be recalled that between 2017 and 2018, during the height of the fight against illegal mining (Galamsay), the then Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu, sanctioned members of the Operation Vanguard team to seize any machine or equipment that they may chance upon in any Galamsay site.
The order was swiftly carried out and the seized earth-moving machines were later directed by the now minister for Energy to be parked at the premises of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). Subsequently, the public was told by the current minister for the sector that the seized excavators were missing.
So far, six people, including a suspended Central Regional Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Horace Ekow Ewusi, have been arrested in connection with the 500 missing excavator.
Now that google is also helping, we hope all individuals connected to this issue will be uncovered.