Concerned Youth for Asante (CYA), a pressure group in the Ashanti Region, has called on the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, to release the seized mining equipment belonging to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, business mogul, to begin work at the Bauxite site at Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District in the Ashanti Region.
Nana (Dr.) Agyenim Boateng, the president of the group, explained in a statement that Mr. Ibrahim is a local contractor, and if he is allowed to do the business he will employ more local workers in order to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
According to him, “we have Chinese companies doing mining business at Akyem areas but why is it that the Ashanti Regional Minister is trying to derail the progresss of Asanteman, just because Mr. Ibrahim Mahama is a brother to the former President John Dramani Mahama?”
He added that the seizure of the equipment by authorities would hinder the development and progress of Asanteman, saying those are the areas the Ashanti Regional minister should have considered before the seizure of the equipment.
He, therefore, condemned and rubbished the attitude characterized by the police and some authorities in the Ashanti Region for what he termed the unlawful seizure of Ibrahim Mahama’s Engineers & Planners (E&P) vehicles and mining equipment at Nyinahin.
He noted that, as a pressure group that is determined to fight for a good cause in the region and they deem it right to speak against anyone who does not like the development of Asanteman.
He indicated that the company in question had acquired all the necessary documentation and permits to operate at Nyinahin, but did not understand why the police should disallow them to operate.
The CYA are of the view that if the company had documents from the Lands and Natural Resources ministry, then what is the locus of the Ashanti Regional Minister to seize them from going to site?
Nana Boateng said records will be the evidence of dealing between the said company and other government agencies and the Ashanti Regional minister could have easily double-checked with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, and the Forestry Commission before any action could have been taken.
According to the group, Asanteman would stand to benefit more when the said project begins.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi