Lands and Natural Resources Minister Inusah Fuseini says the government has so far destroyed and blocked 77 illegal mines in the country.
According to him, the government intends destroying all illegal mines in the country and has therefore warned concession owners, traditional leaders and farmers who connive with the illegal miners to put a stop to it or get sanctioned.
Illegal mining or Galamsey as it is known locally has become a national menace with even foreigners, especially Chinese taking part in it.
A lot of accidents lead to the death of many illegal miners in areas such as Obuasi amongst others.
The National security outfit undertook a joint operation in Obuasi recently to destroy all illegal mining pits in that part of the Ashanti region.
Inusah Fuseini who spoke at the 9th EXPANDED COUNCIL meeting of the Ghana Chamber of Mines held in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi this morning said the government is making efforts to flush out illegal miners from the country since their operations have national security implications.