Mr Samuel Aye Paye, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayensuano in the Eastern Region, has appealed to the Police to deal drastically with illegal gold mining and sand winning activities which has destroyed substantial swathes of cocoa farmlands in the constituency.
He said the enviromentally-degrading activities has also polluted River Ayensu, the only source potable water in the area.
Mr Paye who spoke to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the inauguration of a Police Post at Anum Apapam in the Eastern Region, expressed disquiet that the situation has worsened the economic conditions of peasant farmers in the affected areas.
This includes Teacher Mante, Okanta, Givinakrom, Kwaboantah, all in that constituency
The MP was optimistic that establishment of the post would boost police presence in the communities to help stem the practice in addition to other crimes.
The police post has facilities for a charge office, small cell, toilet facilities and other offices.
Nana Kwabena Kumah I, the Chief of Anum Apapam who offered the lands to the Ghana Police Service, commended the MP for helping to draw government‘s attention to their plight on the floor of parliament.
DSP Charles Ahiamale, the new Ayensuano District Police Commander said the Police would carry out their usual duties and appealed for a vehicle and other equipment for effective operations.
Caption: Picture of .Mr Aye Paye, MP