The top NPP official and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Mr. Charles Cromwell Bissiw has stepped aside from his position following his alleged involvement in the latest documentary by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw.
Mr. Bissue in a letter issued Friday, March 1, 2019 said he is innocent of all the allegations of extortion in the Galamsey Fraud documentary.
The presidential staffer also noted that in ''the interest of transparency and accountability'' in the work of the IMCIM, he has resigned as the secretary of the committee to allow for investigations into the allegation.
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Anas’ latest work revealed the presidential staffer receiving money to ensure and provide security for persons involved in illegal mining.
The secret filming captured Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Mr. Cromwell Bissiw, taking cash amounting to GH¢35,000 in three meetings to circumvent the process to renew the mining license for ORR Resources Enterprise.
According to Anas and his Tiger Eye team, his latest documentary was to ascertain whether there really are shortcuts to mining illegally in Ghana after the ban and institution of the Road Map.
President Akufo-Addo through his minister of environment, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng declared ‘war’ on illegal mining in Ghana.
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