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STOP misleading the Public, Illegal Mining worsen under your Tenure - Assistant Registrar Punches JM

Former President Mahama was punched in the face by Mr. George Akom, assistant registrar at Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU), for misleading the public about the activities of Akonta Mining Company Limited.

The university dean thinks the previous president should refrain from commenting on Akonta Mining's mining operations since he is not giving an honest opinion.

Speaking on Wontumi TV, Mr. George Akom said that under Mr. Mahama's administration, illegal mining in Ghana worsened and that the 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate should exercise caution when making comments on the subject.

The president's propensity to clear his appointees and other close associates of any wrongdoing, as he has done with the ongoing investigations into the activities of Akonta Mining Company, is a serious blow to the already declining reputation of the Office of the President, Mr. Mahama wrote in a Facebook post.

With the apparent presidential exoneration of Akonta Mining, a company owned by a member of his political party (NPP) and accused of illegal gold mining in the nation's forest reserves, Nana Akufo-Addo has once again demonstrated the appropriateness of his nickname, as though proud of that dishonorable badge, "the clearing agent."

However, Akonta Mining Company Limited has been cleared of all charges by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who emphasized that the company is not engaged in any unlawful mining anywhere in Ghana.

“Let me respond briefly to the chairperson on the issue of illegal mining,” President Akufo-Addo remarked after concerns about the menace came to the fore at the 28th National and 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association held in Koforidua.

“I want to assure him and all of you that Akonta Mining is not engaged in any illegal mining anywhere in Ghana as we speak.

“Further, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has through the agency of the Forestry Commission with the assistance of the military made the effort to cordon off all 294 sites of forest reserves in the country and rid them of illegal mining as we speak.”

Ing. Ken Ashigbey, the event's chair, had voiced worry about Akonta Mining Company Limited's alleged violation of the law by mining in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve in the Western North Region. In his response, President Akufo-Addo addressed this matter.

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