The Government of Ghana has placed a temporary ban on the Importation of excavators with hopes of halting illegal mining in the country.

The ban which is to take effect on May 1, 2019, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport, will remain in effect until government says otherwise.

The statement further indicated that, the ban has become necessary following government’s decision to combat the illegal mining phenomenon.

However, with regards to excavators which have been shipped and are in transit prior to the ban, importers would have to provide documents to show they indeed imported the excavators before the ban to have access to them.

Illegal mining, is reported to have destroyed part of Ghana’s forest cover and water bodies.

With response to this, the government has indicated that it is committed to fight against galamsey as well as institute measures aimed at curbing the menace.