A presidential staffer and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Charles Cromwell Bissue and many other security officers has been fingered as the foremost collaborator against efforts by President Akufo-Addo to fight the menace of illegal mining.
Details from the investigative piece spearheaded by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, however, point to a coordinated attempt by key members of the committee to derail the government and President Akufo-Addo’s efforts to fight the illegal mining menace.
The documentary centered on one of President Akufo-Addo’s priorities in his administration which is the fight against illegal mining widely known as Galamsey reveals the involvement of government officials circumventing measures to curb the canker.
The officials are captured in a secretly recorded video receiving wads of cash to facilitate the speedy ‘clearance’ of a mining company in order that it can commence mining.
They are heard in the video instructing subordinates over the phone to “fast track” the processing of the galamsey company’s documents which is ORR Resources Enterprise
However the head of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces, Col Aggrey Quashie has said his Command has watched the video and officers implicated will be dealt with.
According to him, the security officers in the menace will immediately be fired and hand them over to the police for prosecution.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining was commissioned in March 2017 by President Akufo-Addo to sanitize artisanal and small-scale mining in the country as well as develop a roadmap towards lifting an indefinite ban on small scale mining that lasted about 21 months.