- The BNI has published a report regarding prominent persons currently engaged in galamsey
- The report implicates several traditional leaders and a sitting Member of Parliament
- It states that of all the regions, only Greater Accra and the Volta Region are free of illegal mining activities
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Ghana’s foremost investigative law enforcement agency, published a 20 page report implicating several community and traditional leaders in illegal small scale mining activities.
The BNI has published a damning report stating that several community as well as traditional leaders have been in engaging in illegal small scale mining activities, commonly known as galamsey.
The report states that chiefs in the Ahanta West District, Adieworsu, Jumako, Abura, TOnru, and Mempeasem, are currently engaged in the illegal operations.
According to the report, Nana Issah Muni, Chief of Bokorkope in the Shama District of the Western Region, obtained on a concession from the Minerals Commission in the pretext of the winning sand, bu instead has ended up using the concession to conduct illegal mining activities.
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The report further alleges that Mr. Prince John Baidoo, CEO of Bupong Construction Limited, is heavily involved in the activity. The report states that the Mr. Baidoo is engaged in alluvial and illegal surface mining in Twifo Praso, Sekyere-Krobo, Beposo, Sekyere-Didieso, Sekyere-Nsuta, and Basase in the Central and Western Regions.
Of all the regions in Ghana, only the Greater Accra Regions and the Volta Regions have been found “clean” of any illegal mining activities.
The BNI’s report also found that the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Hon. Benson Baba Tongo, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Talensi constituency, has also been involved in “galamsey” operations in the constituency that he represents.
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However, the Talensi legislator has since denied the allegations, saying that the he owns a small scale mine in the Upper East Region and that its operations are completely legal.
The report has also named one Mr. Bunyak Kolog, an alleged financier of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) also in the Talensi Constituency, also to have been involved in the illegal activity.
Since January’s change of government, the current administration has taken up the fight against the activities in bid to save Ghana’s water bodies, and curb the environmental effects of small scale mining.
The initiative has found widespread approval from both the private sector and with the general public. Added to that, several media houses have begun anti-galamsey campaigns aimed at sensitizing members of the public regarding the detrimental effects of the illegal small scale mining
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Source: Yen Ghana