Minister says illegal miners are behind opposition to Atewa bauxite deal

Minister says illegal miners are behind opposition to Atewa bauxite deal

The minister of environment, science and technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has revealed why some Ghanaians appeared to be against the decision of the government to allow mining in the Atewa forest.

According to him, this is because such people are involved in illegal mining, and are therefore engaged in double standards.

He noted that the illegal mining activities of those individuals have caused serious pollination to water bodies in the area but they appear unconcerned by their actions.

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Per a report by, he added that such people have joined local and international groups in a bid to halt the mining of bauxite in the forest.

Professor Frimpong Boateng made this known on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Information Ministry’s Meet the Press Series in Accra.

Information available suggests that one of such groups, Aroucha Ghana, has stated that mining in the Atewa forest would destroy water bodies in the area that serve as a source of drinking water for millions of people.

Its executive director, Daryl Bosu, reportedly said, “our concern has been the target or the focal areas for which the government wants to exploit this bauxite. We are saying that the government should completely exclude the Atewa forest because of its water producing services from the deal with the Chinese.”

The government of Ghana signed a $2 billion deal with China Sinohydro in exchange for its bauxite deposits in the Atewa Forest.

Professor Frimpong Boateng said the government is mindful about the sustainability of the environment and ecosystem in Ghana.

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