Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the New Patriotic Party's Ashanti Regional Chairman, has responded to allegations that the he's majorly involved in illegal small scale mining activities locally referred to as galamsey.
Mr. Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, following calls from certain National Democratic Congress (NDC) loyalists that he's heavily involved in illegal small scale mining activities has lashed out at his critics. He maverick NPP executive unambiguously stated that he's never been involved in illegal small scale mining.
“Why should I, who is always campaigning against persons who refuse to abide by laws of the country hold-on to operations that I know will destroy the country’s natural resources,” asked rhetorically.
Mr. Boasiako expressed that there is a big difference between legal and licensed small scale mining and illegal small scale mining (galamsey) and, according to him, it would be unfair to treat the two alike.
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According to Mr. Boasiako, his license to operate a small scale and large scale mins as the Managing Director of HANSOL mining limited during the Mills-Mahama administration was destroyed by a government task force set up to curb illegal mining activities.
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Chairman Wontumi said it doesn't surprise him that opposition members allege that he's involved in the act, with some even stating that he used the proceeds of the activity to fund the NPP's 2016 elections campaign.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s ‘Ekosii Sen’ program, Chairman Wontumi expressed confidence that the Akufo-Addo administration is the only administration that's capable of ending the scourge of galamsey mining.
“I’m not surprised the NDC is accusing me of engaging in galamsey activities, because they deliberately pushed me out of business by invading my office and setting my mining equipment ablaze even though my business was legally registered and was operating within the mining laws of Ghana. They are just jealous of me,” he stated.