An audio visual device believed to have been secretly planted in the office of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Peter Amewu has been discovered.
Mr. Amewu confirmed to Citi News that the devices were found through a screening process at the Ministry.
It is however unclear who planted the device there, when it was installed and for what purpose.
The National Security Ministry has directed that investigations be conducted “to establish the circumstances under which the device was installed,” Mr. Amewu added.
Asked whether he was alarmed by the development, the Minister said : “it is quite shocking. It is a caution for us to be careful in the environment we are working in. I am not too surprised; but it is an interesting thing that has been uncovered.”
“The fight against illegal mining is a presidential directive. The President gave this directive that we must keep the environment. And I am not doing this alone. I am doing it with other sectoral Ministers so it is a caution that we should be extra careful,” Mr. Amewu added.
The Minister, who has been championing the fight against illegal mining since he assumed his role, has taken some drastic measures, including placing a six-month ban on small scale mining to sanitize the industry.
Many Ghanaians survive on illegal mining activities, which is also backed by some traditional authorities, politicians and other influential persons in society.
The fight against the menace, is therefore considered quite complicated, due to the widespread interests.