The Ashanti Regional Chairman hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joseph Yammin has alleged that Chairman Wontumi is secretly engaging in ‘galamsey’ after the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ban on small scale mining.
The President last year banned small scale mining in the country where soldiers and policemen were dispatched to parts of the country aimed at preserving the country’s natural resources from degrading.
According Mr Yammin, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bernard Antwi-Boasiako who is a known small scale miner is polluting water bodies and the environment thus causing inconvenience for residents who live around his mining site.
He said Chairman Wontumi is abusing his office to rake in monies at the expense of poor residents, thereby flouting the President’s ban.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, questioned why the President and NPP members have kept mum about his illegal mining activities.
‘Wontumi is the world acclaimed small scale miner in our country, he is the one that suffered most during the clamping down of galamsey in the NDC regime. Today, he is the only one working in this period that people have been banned from engaging in small scale mining. Wontumi is working, I’m telling you that Wontumi is still mining, find out if the ban on small scale mining has kept Wontumi out, find out if he is still not mining, and come and tell the whole Ghana,’ he told the Host.
The former Deputy Regional Minister of Ashanti Region said people who are associates of the President are allowed to mine with impunity without being touched.
Mr Yammin failed to mention the area Wontumi has been mining.
He said the ban on the illegal mining activities have deprived people of their livelihoods saying President Akufo-Addo has failed Ghanaians because they are feeling the brunt of hardships.
‘Monies are not coming into the system, because the activities of the small scale mining have not been regularised for these small scale miners to go back to work, is the government up to task?,’ he asked.
But when Ultimatefmonline.com reached out to Chairman Wontumi, he declined to comment on the matter.