I Don’t Do Illegal Mining, Allegations are FALSE – Sir John
Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission has refused claims of being engaged in illegal mining. This comes after Minority in Parliament accused him and that of the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, a.k.a Wontumi.
The Minority in Parliament earlier today accused two top functionaries of the Akufo-Addo administration of engaging in illegal small-scale mining popularly known as galamsey despite the ban on the practice.
According to Minority spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adams Mutawakilu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie also known as Sir John and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, a.k.a Wontumi, are deeply involved in galamsey in Jacobu in the Ashanti Region.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Damongo MP also accused the President of covering up the two officials. Mutawakilu thus urged the president to immediately order the two officials to abort their operations.
Sir John reacting to the accusation on EYE WITNESS NEWS hosted by Umaru Sanda on Citi fm refused all the allegations against him as pure FALSEHOOD.
”I don’t do galamsey, the minority has nothing meaningful to do for development so they are just concluding on anything without facts. Their allegations lacks substance, no body as a matter of fact is doing illegal mining in the Ashanti Region” – he said.
According to him, there is a contract being given to a company rather to do an exercise as a results of an order from his Minister. And several companies are helping in this exercise on the field as a nationwide practice.