President Akufo-Addo fight against galamsey was a fraudulent one – Ato Forson

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Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the leader of the opposition in the House of Representatives, claims that a damning and enlightening study on illicit mining written by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a former minister for environment, science, technology, and innovation, asks for a national investigation.

In his report, former Inter-Ministerial Committee on illicit Mining Chairman Prof. Frimpong-Boateng accused several high-ranking members of the Akufo-Addo administration of interfering with his efforts to combat illicit small-scale mining, or galamsey as it is known locally.

The report’s assertions, according to the presidency’s response, are a list of Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s complaints and are best characterized as hearsay.

Additionally, the presidency declared that because the document was provided informally, it was not an official report to the Cabinet.

As a result, those charged in the report of misconduct have given numerous press interviews and declarations.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, which President Akufo-Addo established to combat the threat of illegal mining, failed to accomplish its goals, according to Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s report to the President, according to the Minority Leader. This confirms that the entire “fight” was a sham.

He claimed that it was covered up by a clever ploy designed to let important members of the presidency and the administration engage in the illegal activity known as “galamsey.”

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Dear all,
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s report to the President on the failed work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, which was set up by President Akufo-Addo to fight the illegal mining menace, confirms that the whole “fight” was a fraudulent one. It was shrouded in a well-calculated ruse to enable key government officials and functionaries at the Presidency to dabble in the very illicit business of ‘galamsey.’
Despite the President placing a moratorium on April 1, 2017, suspending all artisanal and small-scale mining in the country for a total period of one year and three months, we are told that in 2018, the government, acting through the Forestry Commission and Ministry of Lands, somehow contrived to give out all forest reserves in Ghana for mining activities.
To confirm the grand collusion, despite a Cabinet directive in 2019 to suspend the issuance of new licenses and permits, more illegal miners, including Chinese gangs, entered Ghana’s forest reserves with the help of government officials, and the destruction of Ghana’s forests and environment continued unabated.
These revealing issues and several others in the damning report call for a national probe.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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