A presidential staffer and secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Mr. Charles Cromwell Bissue, has been pointed as the foremost disloyal person against efforts by President Akufo-Addo to weed out illegal mining in the country.
Bissue emerges as a facilitator for a company seeking to outwit laid down processes to be given clearance for its mining operations.
Bissue would be exposed in the latest undercover work of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI group, today, February 27, 2019.
According to Graphic Online reports, he was captured in a secretly-recorded video receiving wads of cash to facilitate the speedy ‘clearance’ of a mining company in order that it could begin mining as soon as possible.
He was also heard in the video instructing his subordinates over the phone to “fast track” the processing of the company’s documents.
Several others connected to the work of the IMCIM, otherwise known as the Presidential Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, are seen in the video playing "facilitating" roles at negotiated fees.
In March 2017, President Akufo-Addo commissioned various committees to sanitise small-scale mining in the country as well as develop a road-map towards lifting an indefinite ban on small scale mining that lasted about 21 months.
It was suggested at the time that if nothing was done to reverse the devastation, Ghana was soon going to have to import potable water as the country’s rivers risked imminent ‘death’.
However, allegations have been rife in recent times of the suspected complicity of some government appointees in facilitating the clandestine operations of illegal mining firms much against the national effort to clean-up the space.
Those allegations have, as expected, been met with vehement rebuttals usually by those accused of complicity, or their associates.
But with the latest development as captured in Part One of Anas’ Galamsey Fraud, it appears government has more on its hands to do to achieve that national objective.
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