Tema, The Assembly Member for A-Road Electoral Area in Tema Community 8, Mr Derrick Boateng, has scolded some Ghanaians domiciled in the United States, for their decision to demonstrate against President Akufo-Addo over the Exton Cubic mining lease withdrawal.
Mr. Boateng, affectionately called Akosah, said the threat of the so-called Ashanti Youth for Development (AYD) was shameful, lawless and an unpatriotic act borne out of environmental ignorance.
The simple question that I ask this group is, is Exton Cubic above the law; or is Exton Cubic more important than the future of the environment of this country? What they are threatening is shameful and very unpatriotic, Mr Akosah said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema.
His position was in support of the decision by Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu, who has revoked exploratory licenses granted Exton Cubic to prospect for bauxite in the pristine Nyinahini forest in the Ashanti Region.
At a press conference in Accra, Mr. Amewu pointed out that the company which is linked to former President John Mahama’s younger brother, Ibrahim Mahama, had infracted aspects of Ghana’s mining laws which warranted a withdrawal of their mining license.
Among others, Mr. Amewu cited Exton Cubic’s failure to obtain an environmental permit and operational permit for exploration.
Prior to this revelation, both the Minerals Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued statements about several breaches of the mining laws.
The Assembly Member said upon Mr. Amewu’s announcement of the withdrawal of the licenses from Exton Cubic, detractors of government had seized on it to accuse President Akufo-Addo of witch hunting.
That claim against the President is obviously baseless. Why, so these people want the President to sit down and allow the laws of the country to be vandalized anyhow?
He said, We voted President Akufo-Addo into office to protect our resources as a country and that is exactly what he is doing and lashed out that those who are organizing to demonstrate against the President during the 72nd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Pointing out that Exton Cubic has been given the opportunity to reapply for the same mining licenses, he said the company had in the first place, secured the exploratory licenses under questionable circumstances.
Meanwhile, the Assembly Member for A-Road has successfully organized a clean-up campaign in his Electoral Area.
On Saturday, Akosah led his area people to desilt gutters, sweep streets and clear weeds in the area he is representing at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
He said the cleanup exercise was meant to inspire the people there to good personal and communal hygiene.
The Assembly member thanked Axiss Shipping Company and Zoomlion for helping the community in diverse ways.
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, the Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Mr. Kofi Brako, as well as the Assembly Member for Sahara Electoral Area, Mr. Francis Davis-Mills also participated the clean-up exercise.
Source: Ghana News Agency