Your comment about ‘Akonta’ mines has shown that you don’t care about the galamsey fight – Ohene Agyekum


Former Ghanaian ambassador to the US, Daniel Ohene Agyekum, has hinted at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s recent comment stating that the Akonta mines belong to the Ashanti regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is not involved in galamsey was just a clever way to outwit people who are not smart.

Addressing the Catholic bishops at a meeting last Wednesday, the president jumped to the defense of Akonta Mining Company Limited, claiming that the company is not engaged in illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.

The Akonta mining company was accused of carrying out mining activities in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve in the North West Region without recourse to the law.

President Akufo-Addo in said religious event emphasized that the firm has not been involved in any crime.

“I want to assure everyone that Akonta Mining is not involved in any form of illegal mining anywhere in Ghana as we speak,” he insisted.

However, Ambassador Agyekum believes the president’s comment before the final investigations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is worrying.

“I am concerned. The way the president talks about national issues is like a statesman. How do you talk when the Akonta mines are being investigated? This is absolutely wrong,” he lamented.

“They don’t want us to talk, but you can sit down when the people who should know better are acting otherwise. She just talked smart to people, who couldn’t read between the lines. Some of us have seen that the president’s fight against galamsey is a fluke, it is not serious. You just started 2023 with bad marks,” he observed.

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