Secretary to NPP’s Women’s Organiser Kate Gyamfuah, whose mining equipment were destroyed says the company will petition President Akufo Addo over their woes when he returns from his working tour outside Ghana.
According to him, some high-profile persons want to take over their concession because they see the area to be rich in minerals.
Speaking on Ghana Kasa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Monday, Nana Asante Boadi Yeboah said they were operating legally with the right documents before the attack by the Military.
“We didn’t take the site illegally; we are operating legally with all the relevant documents. The Chiefs and the Assembly-member of the area are all aware of our operation. There is nothing to show that we illegally acquired the land we are operating on,” he disclosed.
He continued “So if anyone wants to take over the concession from Mama Kate, that isn’t the right way. We are over a thousand workers on the concession. Secondly, close to 700 or 800 persons work for the company. If two of these persons come from a family and we are now not working just imagine the job loss to families.”
The anti-galamsey military task force (Operation Halt) returned to the mining site of National Women’s Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party Kate Gyamfua to burn other mining equipment.
The task force, according to an eyewitness, returned to the site on Monday, May 17, 2021 to burn a faulty excavator and a large water pumping machine which escaped their notice on Sunday when they set fire into 8 excavators, a bulldozer and dozens of water pumping machines on same site.
The task force also burnt other excavators which were not properly burnt during their first attack on the mining site.
This according to Mr. Boadi Yeboah is regrettable because the burnt excavators run into billions of Ghana cedis.
“The lowest cost of one excavator is 24 billion old Ghana cedis and a bulldozer is almost 18 billion Ghana cedis. I went with our Director to buy a new water pumping machine at a cost of 18.5 billion. A generator we bought just about three months ago to supply power to the site at a cost of 700 million old cedis was all burnt,” he stated.