- Wontumi has strongly defended himself against critics who were on his neck over claims that he was involved in illegal mining
- According to him, he was into large-scale licensed mining which earned him a lot
- The Ashanti Regional chairman said he made over $1m daily from his mining work
Ashanti Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi, has strongly defended himself against critics who were on his neck over claims that he was involved in illegal mining.
According to him, he has benefitted a lot from large-scale licensed mining and even had a company that happened to be the only Ghanaian company that was competing with the big companies in mining which earned him 1 million dollars daily.
... at that time, I was making 1 million dollars a day from mining," Wontumi said.
The Ashanti Regional chairman made this revelation on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana show yesterday, February 6, 2019.
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A visibly surprised Paul Adom-Otchere asked again to confirm if what he heard was really correct.
Wontumi, however, responded in affirmation and asked the show's host to go to PMMC to check the records to confirm what he said.
He added that in 2013, he had a call that he was being called by Mahama concerning his mining business, which was believed to be illegal.
According to him, the riches he made as a young miner and how he was able to accrue all that wealth at such a young age was quite a mystery to Mahama.
"I have a legitimate license that has been signed for me to operate... as at that time, President Mahama was surprised and looked at me and said, gentleman, you are too smart," he added.
According to Chairman Wontumi, after this meeting with then-President Mahama, at the Northern regional minister's residence, Mahama asked him to come and join the NDC.
Wontumi, however, stated on live television that, he declined the offer of the president because to him, politics is a religion and has an attachment to his political party.
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In other news, Country Director of World Bank, Pierre Frank Laporte has expressed worry at the rate at which the government of Ghana is borrowing to stay afloat.
He said the country risks being classified as a high debt distress country if the situation of excessive borrowing is not curbed.
His genuine concern comes a day after the government successfully raised US$3 billion Eurobond which was five times oversubscribed.
Speaking to the media after a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, he said the government must be cautious of the amount of being borrowed.
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