The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has indicated that the BNI Report which was quoted as having the Okyehene engaging in illegal mining (galamsey) is a fallacy.
A statement signed and issued by the Sector Minister, Hon. John Peter Amewu, the BNI Report did not accuse the Okyehene or the Palace of being complicit in illegal mining activities, but rather only recorded a said perception against the Okyehene’s palace as against some media reports.
Few weeks after the ban on illegal mining elapsed, the BNI conducted investigations into the activities and came out with a report which read in parts that, “the Okyehene’s palace is perceived to be behind illegal mining activities in the Kibi area. It is further alleged that the Okyehene has constituted a task force, as part of its environmental foundation, who allegedly extort monies from illegal miners in the area.”
However, the Okyehene has denied involving in the illegal activity and stressed his commitment to the fight against the menace.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Lands stressed that, checks by the ministry indicated the last known environmental protection task force from the palace was disbanded over three years ago, and that the Okyehene’s foundation had rather been at the forefront of the fight against illegal mining.
He said, the ministry of lands will continue to urge the Okyehene his foundation and other traditional authorities to continue supporting the necessary fight against galamsey so as to save the environment.
The minister said the ministry welcomes the support of responsible community action against illegal mining and thanked the general public and the media for their support in the fight against the menace.