February 10, 2020
Ranking member on Mines and Energy, Mutawakilu Adam has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo for his inability to fight the illegal mining activities in the country despite his earlier public pronouncement to do so.

According to him, the crusade against galamsey was a plan by the President to get ordinary Ghanaians off to pave way for the big weights with the current government to take over the illegal mining.

“Today we are talking of the vanishing of excavators. If you follow the Minerals and Mining Act as amended and introduced by the previous administration, section 99 (5) it is clear that confiscated equipment should be kept by the police”.

He expressed worry over the conduct of the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng by not acting according to the law but for his selfish interest, hence the problem the nation is faced with vanishing excavators.

Furthermore, in the same Act section 99 (7) indicates that the equipment should be allocated to public institutions within sixty days (60) and gazette it for the public to have a true knowledge of where each of the equipment is gone to.

“Majority side MPs have pickups, SUVs. General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party John Boadu and Wuntumi, their Ashanti Regional chairman is involve, if the sector Minister had kept it with the police but this case he did not and the constituency chairmen are taking part in sales and vanishing of excavators”.

Mr. Mutawakilu Adam therefore called for the arrest of Professor Frimpong Boateng for breaching the law with others following.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com