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Media men on the banks of River Ankobra, one of the polluted river bodies. Picture: Dotsey Koblah Aklorbortu

The government has started the process of reclaiming an estimated 1.5 per cent of the country’s land surface which has allegedly been degraded by illegal mining and other bad environmental activities.

The country’s land space is estimated at about 238,000 squre kilometers. Out of this, between 50,000 and 60,000sq km, representing 1.5 per cent, is reportedly degraded by either illegal mining or other unhealthy environmental practices.

Mrs Gifty Ohene Konadu (right), National Coordinator, ‘One District, One Factory’ explaining a point to journalists at a press conference in Accra. With him is Mr Kow Sam (left), Consultant to the project

Investor interest in the government's district industrialisation programme (DIP), christened 'One District, One Factory' (ODOF), is gathering momentum, with financial commitments from the private sector into the initiative totaling US$3 million so far.

Also, some 40 companies have submitted proposals on how to help implement the programme to the ODOF Secretary at the Presidency for consideration and approval.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has summoned officials of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to appear before it Tuesday, as it begins public hearings on the 2015 Auditor General’s report.

The committee will be interrogating reports covering the central bank’s foreign exchange receipts and payments for the year 2015.

The Volta Regional House of Chiefs has suspended the Paramount Chiefs and Queen Mothers of Nkonya and Alavanyo indefinitely for their inability to maintain peace between the two traditional areas.

The sanctions are in response to a shooting incident at Nkonya purported to have been done by unknown assailants from Alavanyo on Wednesday, which led to the death of two people leaving the third, severely injured.

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