President Akufo-Addo’s claims that Akonta Mining Company Limited is not involved in any illegal mining anywhere in Ghana currently fall short of the facts surrounding the concern raised. The President was responding to the chairperson of the 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association held in Koforidua recently. The chairman asked why Chairman Wontumi was walking freely when his Company, Akonta Mining Company LLC, was involved in illegal mining?
The Company was accused of mining in the Tano Nimiri forest reserve as recently as October 2022 by the Lands Ministry. According to the Ministry, Akonta Mining Limited had a lease to undertake mining operations in some parts of Samreboi outside the Forest Reserve. In its annual report, the office of the special prosecutor, OSP, noted that its investigation targets the activities of Akonta Mining Limited and other companies.
Like all previous occasions where office holders of the NPP, its appointees, party functionaries and others are caught robbing Ghanaians, the President jumps in to protect them or scuttles the case by his actions or inactions. Meanwhile, Nana Addo’s special prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, stated that Akonta Mining Company LLC. and others had been referred to his office for investigation and possible prosecution by President Akufo-Addo himself. This was following Tiger Eye PI’s documentary, Galamsey Economy, expose. One may ask what the President stands to gain by commenting on an ongoing investigation that targets a regional chairperson of his party?
Most Ghanaians are disappointed about the President’s continued behavior, which seems to be sheltering wrongdoers from facing prosecution.
We hope the statement by the President will not stop the office of the Special Prosecutor from making sure that Chairman Wontumi and others face the full rigors of the law for mining in a restricted and banned reserve for such activities. Furthermore, we strongly advise that income generated from the illegal mining activities of the Company and others, must be returned to the national coffers with immidiate effect.