February 4, 2020
A Ranking member on the Committee on Energy and Mines, and Member of Parliament for Damango, Mutawakilu Adam has expressed worry over the current practices where there are forty-seven mining companies that are working illegally without obtaining approval from Parliament.

According to the Ranking member, this is a breach of Ghana’s laws, and took a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo for playing a pivotal role in this scandal.

“We in the Minority would push for the Minister of Environment Sciences and Technology, Professor Frimpong Boateng, and Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh to come before the Committee, so that we know from them why they breach the law and why the President has not fired the two Ministers, and why they have not resigned”, he said.

He again told journalists in an interview that President Akufo-Addo is supervising a gargantuan illegal mining as forty-seven companies have signed a leasing agreement with government but have not been brought before the House for ratification.

And pointed out that it is a clear breach of Article 218 of the 1992 Constitution,  adding that despite follow ups, there seems to be no sign of the agreement coming before the House for approval.

He again noted that the President is benefiting from activities of the illegal mining which would help his party ahead of the 2020 general elections. They would use the funds to support their campaign; Nana Addo has one hundred percent knowledge of what is going on, the drones are control from his office, he added.

“Can’t the drones indicate what is going on? President Akufo-Addo is now champion of corruption”, he lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com