The Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP) of the European Union (EU) donated a set of 11 drones, 22 batteries, 11 tablets and other communication equipment to Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The equipment will support monitoring activities of the EPA in the small-scale mining sector and in the oil and gas industry. In addition, the equipment will help provide data for effective prosecutions of environmentally related crimes.

Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ghana Ms. Diana Acconcia said the preservation of the environment must be in the interest of everybody. Ms. Acconcia said the environment is at the core of the EU’s policy agenda. She explained that the cause of the environment and climate have implications for the future of our children and our planet. She said this was something she took seriously not just as an ambassador, but as a human being.

Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng said the drones had come at a time when the EPA was trying to engage more people for monitoring in the mining areas and it therefore provided opportunity to scale up operations.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng thanked the EU and ARAP and assured that the EPA was a very responsible organisation and that the EP would ensure that the drones are used for their intended purposes.