Akonta Mining is not involved in any illegal activities – Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that Akonta Mining Company Limited is not involved in any illegal mining anywhere in Ghana currently.

He said this at the 28th National and 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association held in Koforidua on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that many groups and individuals have demanded punitive measures against the company and its owners, led by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwo-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, for alleged illegalities perpetuated by the company in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve in the Western North Region last year.

However, President Akufo-Addo while responding to the Chairperson of the event, Ing. Ken Ashigbey’s question of why Chairman Wontumi continues to walk a free man when he should be investigated and prosecuted,, said Ako.nta Mining is not engaged in any illegality as we speak.

He said: “Let me respond briefly to the chairperson on the issue of illegal mining. I want to assure him and all of you that Akonta Mining is not engaged in any illegal mining anywhere in Ghana as we speak. Further, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has through the agency of the Forestry Commission, with the assistance of the military, made the effort to cordon off all 294 sites of forest reserves in the country and rid them of illegal mining as we speak.”

Akonta Mines belongs to New Patriotic Party’s Ashanti Region Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako.

The company was stopped from mining in the Tano Nimiri forest reserve in October 2022 by the Lands Ministry.

According to the Ministry, even though Akonta Mining Limited had a mining lease to undertake mining operations in some parts of Samreboi, outside the Forest Reserve, the company had no mineral right to undertake any mining operations in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve.

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