The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the armed forces to move against all illegal miners in the country's waterways.
This disclosure was made in a statement signed by the country's Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah.
“President Akufo-Addo has authorized the Ghana Armed Forces to commence an operation to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies. The operation which started on the River Pra in the Central and Western regions of Ghana involves 200 officers of the Ghana Armed Forces,” the Minister stated.
The Ghana Water Company and the state water utility board, have both suspended halted operations in some communities as a result of the bad state of the turbidity of raw water in these communities, due to illegal mining activities.
The West African Examinations Council(WAEC) in Ghana has with held the results of all the 26, 434 candidates who sat for the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination(WASSCE) .
This followed several cases of malpractices that are been investigated by the examination body.
According to a statement by the Head of Public Affiars ,WAEC National office, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, ''The with held results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise''.
''A total of 316,999 candidates made up of 158,550 males and 158,449 females from 946 school were registered for the examination, representing 9.6 per cent higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207 but some 1,378 candidates did not show up.
Performance in English and Mathematics declined but improved in Integrated Science and Social Studies compared to that of the 2017 candidates''.
''"Based on the provisional results, the performance at Al- C6 in Social Studies showed a marked improvement over that of 2017 (52.25 per cent to 73.27 per cent), while Integrated Science recorded a slight improvement (43.66 per cent to 50.52 per cent).
"On the contrary, Mathematics (Core) showed a drop in performance from 2017 (42.73 per cent to 38.33 per cent). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in English Language (54.06 per cent to 46.79 per cent)," ''For English Language, 147,232 candidates (46.79 per cent) obtained grades A1 to C6; 99,402 (31.60 per cent) scored D7-E8 while 68,002 (21.61 per cent) had F9''..
In the Core Mathematics paper, 120,519 candidates (33 per cent) had A1-C6; 94,607 (30.09 per cent) obtained D7-E8 while 99,275 (31.58 per cent) scored F9''.
''A total of 158,691 (50.52 per cent), obtained A1-C6 in Integrated Science: with 109,069 (34.72 per cent) getting D7-E8 whilst 46,367 (14.76 per cent) had F9''.
'' For Social studies, 230, 141(73.27 per cent) obtained A1-C6; 46, 464(14.79 per cent) obtained D7-E8 whilst 37, 494(11.94 per cent) had F9.
'' The council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of impostors, who promise to change examination results for a fee''. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed'', the statement concluded.