President Akufo-Addo placed a ban on small scale mining and established the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining IMCIM after a series of public outcry on how illegal mining was causing damage to the environment.
From water bodies to farmlands, illegal mining was causing havoc in the country.
A year after the committee was established, they produced a roadmap that would lead to the lifting of the ban on small scale mining and accreditation processes, however, there were people who were hell-bent on bending the rules stated in the roadmap on small scale mining.
This led to reports that the IMCIM was corrupt – and like how a shark reacts when it smells blood, once Anas heard corruption, he had to go there and look into it.
In Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest investigative work called Galamsey Fraud, the first person who fell to their tactics was a receptionist at the IMCIM secretariat.
He was willing to give tips on the operations of the IMCIM to Anas’ team, who posed as small scale miners who work with “ORR Resources Enterprise” and want to operate their mine illegally outside the roadmap established by the IMCIM. They wanted info on when the task force would be carrying out an exercise in the area they will be operating.
Also, a soldier and a police officer who are both members of the National Security operatives who work with the IMCIM separately took money from Anas’ team with the promise to help them sidestep the law so that they can mine illegally.
Another group of security officers who work for the IMCIM also charged Anas’ team GHS 16,000 per month and GHS 300 per week, if they would assign three security personnel to guard where they would be mining illegally during security patrols.
After paying huge sums of money, as much as GHS 10,000, Anas’ team was given a permit without going through the full process at the offices of IMCIM, which according to Anas is just a 3-minute drive from the Jubilee House.
This was because Charles Bissue, the Secretary to the IMCIM was given money and he ordered people working at the secretariat to fast track the application process for Anas’ team.
The vetting of Anas’ ORR was not advertised on either print or digital media platforms as the roadmap required. ORR was also to be vetted by a committee of chiefs including reps from Forestry Commission as well… that was not done, but they were given stickers (permit) to cover their alreadey existing illegal mining operation through the fast-tracked process.
Watch the full video below and stand by for part two of Galamsey Fraud:
Ghana shall work again.