In a determined effort to ensure the preservation of the country’s natural waterways, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) executed a significant operation on Monday, August 14th, 2023.
The operation targeted the removal of dredges along the Pampana River, specifically in the neighboring villages of Maneteh and Maseneh within the Tane Chiefdom, Tonkolili District.
This decisive action is part of an overarching initiative mandated by the nation’s leadership to effectively manage the proliferation of dredges along various rivers throughout the country. The primary goal is to exercise comprehensive control over the emergence of dredges and subsequently safeguard the rivers and the environment within diverse districts across the nation.
Reports indicate that the dredge miners, aware of the impending operation, attempted to evade the intervention by fleeing with their dredges. However, the EPA, employing the use of Jet Skies, managed to thwart their escape and execute a successful operation.
Interestingly, authorities uncovered the presence of Ghanaian passports accompanied by Sierra Leone Immigration clearances among the individuals associated with the dredge mining. This discovery has prompted an inquiry into the potential involvement of both foreign and indigenous elements in the unauthorized mining activities.
The EPA’s resolute efforts underscore the commitment of Sierra Leone to protect its natural resources and ecosystems.
As the nation continues to address environmental challenges, such decisive actions aim to mitigate the detrimental impact of unregulated dredge mining on its rivers and surrounding landscapes.