Scores of uncovered pits left behind by illegal miners are posing a serious threat to residents of those mining communities.
While many people have fallen into those pits, leading to their untimely death, others are living dangerously, as the abandoned pits serve as death traps, looking for prey.
Additionally, the uncovered pits have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and reptiles.
Mining communities in some districts are inundated with vast hectares of excavated land that had been left unreclaimed, as required by the country’s mining laws.
At Wamase and Akrofuom in the Akrofuom District, for instance, scores of abandoned pits were dotted around.
A similar situation is at Manso Nkwanta, Manso Adubia and Jacobu in the Amansie West, Amansie South and Amansie Central districts, respectively.