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Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has premiered an explosive undercover exposé featuring several top personalities, including high office holders in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government who are involved in illegal gold mining operations (Galamsey).
Whatsup News can confirm that the latest exposure by Anas, titled “Galamsey Fraud” features one Charles Cromwell Bissue, a presidential staffer and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM). He is the right hand man of Professor Frimpong Boateng, the Minister of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation (MEST), who has also been fingered in illegal mining activities.
The premier features Charles Bissue who was caught red-handed as a a facilitator for a company seeking to circumvent regulations to acquire clearance for mining operations.
He is captured in a secretly recorded video receiving wads of cash to facilitate the speedy ‘clearance’ of a mining company in order that it can begin mining as soon as possible, and is heard in the video instructing his subordinates over the phone to “fast track” the processing of the company’s documents.
Several others connected to the work of the IMCIM, otherwise known as the Presidential Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, are seen in the video playing “facilitating” roles at negotiated fees.
The undercover video shows security operatives, informants and go-betweens who offer to provide the company with information on the movements of a security taskforce against illegal miners, and others who offer to provide armed guard for the company’s concession despite these same security operatives tasked to squash illegal mining activities.
Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining has come under serious scrutiny following reports that the entire structure has been compromised and were only doing window-dressing of the serious illegal mining situation in Ghana.
The committee comprises the ministries of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI); Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR); Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD); Chieftaincy & Religious Affairs; Regional Re-Organisation and Development; Water and Sanitation; Interior; Defence; and Information. It is currently unclear how deep the Ministers from these ministry are involved in the illegal mining racket.
The committee was commissioned in March 2017 by President Akufo-Addo to clamp down on illegal mining and regularise small-scale mining in the country. While talking about the commissioning of the committee, President Akufo-Addo stated unequivocally that he is ready to lose his if all he would achieve is to stop illegal mining activities.
It appears that the President may have failed his quest, given how close facilitators of illegal mining operations are to his administration.
Source: Whatsup News