Information gathered by New Crusading Guide indicates that a group of persons who are believed to be known New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth have unduly taken over a mining concession belonging to Foster Duodu Company Limited in Akyem Anyinam of the Atiwa East District of the Eastern Region.
The mining concession, Achaa & Agyapong which is owned by Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, popularly called Rasta, Chief Executive Officer of the company, has now become a no-go area for the owners and workers of the firm as the invaders according to sources, would not allow them to operate.
According to facts on the ground, the company who was hugely affected by the development reported the matter to the District Chief Executive, Regional Minister and subsequently to the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Frimpong Boateng.
However, all efforts to ensure that the Ministry and other stakeholders resolve the ongoing impasse between the concession owners and the NPP group, have failed.
It has been revealed that even though the company was in high hopes that the Minister would help save situations, he (Hon. Frimpong Boateng) rather instructed the seizure of excavators belonging to the company.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed his excavators were impounded by the inter-ministerial task force on the orders of the Minister, with the condition that the company sacks all its workers on the concession before the excavators would be released.
However, the NPP group who claimed to be part of the government’s ‘Youth In Mining’ program, are still working on the said concession.
According to the company, the matter had been taken to Court in bid to secure an Injunction to prevent the group from working but their efforts did not materialized.
Meanwhile, it had been established that although the inter-ministerial task force is working on the grounds to ensure calm, they the task force always releases members of the group whenever they are arrested based on the fact that they are ‘party boy.’