Government says it will have the tapes of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest exposé on illegal mining properly investigated using the raw unedited footage.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister said if any public officers are found to have solicited monies or taken bribes to bend rules the necessary action will be taken.
Producers of the documentary claim some government officials including the secretary to the anti-ministerial committee Charles Bissiw are circumventing measures to curb illegal mining and allowing a company to mine.
When the war on galamsey was declared, government decided to give a clear picture of the scope and duration of the intervention. It, therefore, set up the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to implement the two-year road map.
While the Committee has received plaudits for a good job done so far, some complaints have also been heard about underhand dealings involving officials in charge at the IMCIM who allegedly take bribes to allow people circumvent the rules of the roadmap.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
The secret filming captured Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Cromwell Bissiw, taking cash amounting to ¢35,000 in three meetings through one Andy Owusu, a ‘connection man’, to circumvent the process to renew the mining license for ORR Resources Enterprise.
The Ofoase Ayeribi MP who said the documentary is not a collaborative effort with Tiger Eye PI added that government “welcomes any efforts aimed at assisting it to succeed in its fight against illegal small scale mining.”