Adansiman Progressive Association (APA) on Tuesday at a press conference held in Obuasi said, the community mining area at Akatekyieso in the Ashanti region given out by the government is part of AngloGold Ashanti’s concession. In 2016, AngloGold Ashanti relinquished 60% of its concession to the government and held on to only 40% and according to APA, the mining area at Akatekyieso is part of that 40%.
President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 launched the Community Mining Programme at Wassa Akropong, in the Western Region. The Community Mining Programme is aimed at formalizing mining in selected communities across the country with at least one community mine expected to be set up in each of the mining districts in the country.
The community mining seems not have affected only AngloGold Ashanti. During a tour by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy to some mining communities in the Western Region last month, the Managing Director of Golden Star Resources, Wassa Mine, Mr Shadrack Adjetey Sowah, said the community mining operators have taken over large parts of their concessions.
This was also confirmed by the Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Sulemanu Koney, who said the problem of encroachment on mining concessions by operators of community mining cut across all mining firms in the country.
“We have concerns from almost all mining companies that their investment in exploration is in danger because areas they have explored and are ready to mine within their concessions have been taken over by the community mining operators,” he said.
APA said AGA went on minimum operation due to similar issues and they won’t sit back for that to happen again.
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this giant company folded up because of wicked people who were at the management level and miscreant galamsey operators. On these, we assured management that APA will go at all length to ensure the survival and growth of the new company. We (APA) will fight against anything that will be a set back to the progress of AGA”, they said.
The group mentioned that they contacted AngloGold Ashanti when they learnt of the encroachment and were told by AGA that they haven’t released that land to any group of people or individuals.
They went further to mention three people which they claimed, according to their investigation were behind that encroachment.
“APA went further to find out those behind this and to our surprise the following people were mentioned: Hon. Prof. Frimpang Boateng (Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Head of Operation Vanguard), Hon. Eric Kusi Jnr. (DCE, Adansi North) and Hon. Asamoah Boateng, DCE, Amansie Central”, they revealed.
APA finally called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to call the perpetrators to order.
“On this note APA is calling our great king, the King of Ashanti Kingdom Otumfuo Osei Tutu Il as a matter of urgency, to call those personalities mentioned to order”, they said.
“We are also appealing to His Excellency Nana Akutfo Addo about the activities of some of his appointees who should have worked for him but rather using their positions to perpetuate atrocities against the nation. They are greedy and need not serve under your leadership”, they added.
APA revealed that some people are also organizing themselves to go to Abompe, Dwabunso and other places all in AGA concession if nothing is done about it.