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A Koforidua circuit court has sentenced 26 foreigners arrested for engaging in illegal mining in the Atewa forest of the Eastern region.

The foreigners, mainly Nigeriens and Malians were found guilty of conspiracy to do illegal mining and mining without a licence contrary to Section 23(1) of Act 29.

They were ordered to pay a fine each of GH¢600,000 which means the 26 of them are expected to pay a total of GH¢15.6million to the state or in default  they will spend five years in jail.

Hausa and French interpreters provided for some of the accused told the court the accused were not mining but were on a hunting expedition.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select committee on Health, Dr Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, is calling on the National Media Commission [NMC] to stiffen regulations of media houses over the broadcast of medicines on their platforms.

He said the advertisement of some these medicines pose serious health threat to the public since they do not conform to the public health ACT.

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has released GH¢42,276 as a compensation package for five farmers whose crops have been affected by the Bui Power solar project located at Bole in the Northern Region.

A statement issued by the authority and signed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Fred Oware, said the payment to the affected farmers would be made today.

“The compensation will be paid through the land valuation division of the Lands Commission,” the statement said.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Health yesterday paid a working visit to the Central Region as part of measures to deepen ties between health workers and the decision making body of the country and also to afford the committee the opportunity to assess the state of health care facilities in the region and render the needed support to advance their cause of duty.

The committee headed by the Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah first visited the Cape Coast Teaching hospital where they interacted with management of the facility.