- A pressure group, ASEPA, has called for the dissolution of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM)
- The group added that the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, should investigate the matter
The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), has called on President Akufo-Addo to immediately dissolve the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
Pulse.com.gh reports that the group argued the recent expose’ on illegal mining released by the Tiger Eye PI team is enough grounds for the president to dismiss the committee.
The investigations began after President Akufo-Addo launched ‘Operation Vanguard’, a military-police joint task force to combat the menace of illegal mining.
A presidential staffer and secretary to the IMCIM, Charles Cromwell Bissue, was captured in the investigative video reportedly engaged in acts of corruption.
In the video, he is seen working as a facilitator for a company seeking to circumvent laid down processes in order to be given clearance for its mining operations.
Bissue is seen receiving wads of cash to facilitate the process, and is heard in the video instructing his subordinates over the phone to "fast track" the processing of the company's documents.
He has meanwhile tendered in a letter, informing the president of his decision to step aside until investigations are complete.
ASEPA however argues that the committee should be shut down and those involved in the acts of corruption must be handed over to the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, for prosecution.
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