Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Okobeng Mining Company Limited Nana Okobeng Amponsah has denied media reports which went viral on local and social media platforms that he is involved in illegal mining activities, popularly known as galamsey operations which polluted the River Akonbra and caused environmental health hazards to the people in Prestea Huni Valley Municipality and Gwira Traditional Area.
After the Western Regional Health Directorate of Ghana Service (GHS) headed by Dr. Yaw Ofori Yeboah was directed by the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah to write ill-fated letter on Thursday March 30, 2023 to revoke the partnership award given to Nana Okobeng Amponsah, he said he has respected the law of this country.
According to him, the actions being taken by the Minister and management of the Western Regional Health Directorate to revoke the award honoured him would not stop him from supporting the people and institutions in his gold mining host communities in the Western Region.
“I wish that the Western Regional Health Directorate led by its Western Regional Health Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Yaw Ofori Yeboah should have commissioned its full-scale investigations into the matter and do proper due diligence before it writes such letter to revoke the partnership award given to me on Tuesday March 28, 2023 at the public event held at the Akoma Plaza Hotel in Takoradi. And we should let the law work,” Nana Okobeng Amponsah said this in a strong worded press statement to respond to the revocation of the award presented to him by Western Regional Health Directorate.
company as one man’s hatched job to court disaffection for me, hence, the revocation of the award amidst unfounded allegations.
Facts and evidence available to me indicate that the Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, masterminds the decision by the Western Regional Health Directorate to revoke the Partnership Award I received.
After presenting the award to me, the Minister quickly reverses his decision to direct the unlawful arrest of Nana Okoben Amponsah at the event.
I’d also like to stress that I was not arrested for engaging in illegal mining activities, as reported by the gutter press.
Our mining operations have not resulted in environmental degradation and the allegations levelled against the company by chiefs and youths were fabricated libellous stories.
I dare anyone who knows the concession to go and verify how my business conducts responsible gold mining activities and whether or not its mining activities are destroying water bodies, as my detractors say.
I obtained various licenses from the Minerals Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency to mine gold at Dominase, and the company works in accordance with the Minerals and Mining Act of 2006. (Act 703.)
I would like to say that the unlawful small-scale miners who are indiscriminately mining gold resources from communities such as Bamiankor, Ayinase, Amgbasea, Akango, Dualle, and Akosono in the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira Municipality are polluting the Akonbra River and other water bodies.
I’m saying that the residents of these areas can attest that my company’s activities do not add to the pollution of the Akonbra River and other nearby streams and rivers.
Source : thenewcrusadingguideonline.com