February 24, 2021

The President’s nominee for Railways Development Ministry John Peter Amewu has revealed to Parliament’s Appointment Committee he only ordered for the withdrawal of excavators from mining sites.

According to him he did not seize any of them as a sector Minister at the time he was in charge of the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry.

He said, at that period, there were about five hundred excavators withdrawn from the mining sites across the country, but emphasized that they were not seized.

Mr.  Amewu further told the committee that, the methodology used to seize excavators were long process which requires the intervention from the Attorney General’s Office, so therefore, the only order he issued was to get all excavators withdrawn from mining sites.

He also added that, even though many of the excavators were withdrawn from the mining sites, some managed their way to other sites, hence, he ordered the people he was working with to move further in making sure that, all those machines were withdrawn to achieve the purpose of President Akufo-Addo on the stoppage of illegal mining, “GALAMSEY’ to save our lands and natural resources”.

This happened on Wednesday, February 24, 2021  when the member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri  Frank Annoh Dompreh questioned him on the whereabouts of the excavators some people speculates were seized by him at the time he was the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, and what he can do to clarify the matter on the minds of Ghanaians.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com