Galamsey Fraud: IMCIM Sec. took GHS35K bribe – Anas

Mr Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue, a presidential staffer and secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) took a GHS35,000 bribe to help a make-believe mining firm ORR Resource Enterprise, circumvent all the necessary protocols pertaining to small-scale mining following the lifting of the ban imposed on such mining by the government, investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has revealed...


Mr Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue, a presidential staffer and secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) took a GHS35,000 bribe to help a make-believe mining firm ORR Resource Enterprise, circumvent all the necessary protocols pertaining to small-scale mining following the lifting of the ban imposed on such mining by the government, investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has revealed.

In his latest undercover work titled Galamsey Fraud, Mr Bissue is captured on video issuing out orders to some subordinates on the phone to fast-track ORR’s acquisition of a pass despite the phoney company’s unworthiness.

In a statement issued by Anas, he said: “We found Mr Bissue abusing his office, breaching his fiduciary duties, engaging in bribery and corruption. These were uncovered by way of hard facts, captured on audiovisual recordings, and electronic correspondence.

“Mr Andy Owusu, a link man for Mr Bissue charged us fifty thousand cedis (GHS 50,000.00) to get us through to him. We negotiated for forty thousand Cedis (GHS40,000.00) and he accepted it. Out of this amount, he accepted part payment of fifteen thousand cedis (GHS15,000.00). Mr Andy Owusu was also the one who told us how much Mr Bissue was ready to accept to fast-track the process for us. Mr Andy Owusu also linked us to “School Boy”, a national security operative for our safety at the illegal mining site.

“My outfit, ORR Resource Enterprise, presented itself as a small-scale mining company, whose licence to mine had expired. In spite of this expiration, we still wanted to mine. We were prepared to go by the government’s directive to be vetted and verified by the IMCIM.

“Under the Roadmap for the lifting of the ban on artisanal and small-scale mining and the way forward prepared by the IMCIM and published in August 2018, it was agreed that miners can go back to mine when the ban was lifted only after meeting the following requirements:

*Inspection of documents – mining licences, environmental and operating permits, Tax Identification Number (TIN), and company registration details.

*Advertisement of Vetting Exercise including informing Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM).

* Field Mapping and Verification of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Concessions; includes, mapping of boundaries of companies using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and drone technology to verify the existence and accuracy and location of each concession using GhanaPostGPS digital address system.

* Identification Cards to be issued to successfully vetted small-scale mining companies

*Signpost to be erected at the concessions of the successfully vetted companies.

“Contrary to the verification and vetting procedure as listed in paragraph 2.4 above, Mr Bissue circumvented some of the procedures for ORR Resources Enterprise for a fee. We did not go through any vetting procedure. We did not go through the Minerals Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Resources Commission (WRC) and Forestry Commission. Mr Bissue took care of all of that for ORR.

“We have paid Mr Bissue a total of thirty-five thousand cedis (GHS35,000.00) in cash. Our first payment of fifteen thousand cedis (GHS15,000.00) was made on 22nd January 2019 through Mr Andy Owusu, IMCIM, near Jubilee House. We made a second payment of ten thousand cedis (GHS10,000.00) on the 30th of January 2019 at the same place. The last payment was on the 8th of February 2019. We paid Mr Bissue ten thousand cedis (GHS 10,000.00).

“Officials of IMCIM did not verify our concession document and did not make any demand for a power of attorney in the absence of the bona fide owner of the concession. We are of the considered opinion that the neglect, and, or failure to make a determination as to whether we were representatives of the owner was as a result of the money we paid to Mr Bissue”.

In a statement issued on Friday, however, Mr Bissue, who has voluntarily decided to step aside for investigations to be conducted into the allegations against him, denied the allegations but said: “In the interest of transparency and accountability, and so as not to compromise the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), I have informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Chairperson of the IMCIM, of my decision to step aside from my position as Secretary to the Committee, pending an investigation into the allegations”.

Read Mr Bissue’s full statement below:

DECISION TO STEP ASIDE AS SECRETARY TO THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON ILLEGAL MINING (IMCIM)

I have taken notice of the contents of the latest documentary by Tiger Eye P.I., titled “Galamsey Fraud”.

I would like to state, at the very outset, that I am innocent of the allegations levelled against me in the documentary, as I was not and have not been engaged in any acts of corruption, criminality or misconduct.

However, in the interest of transparency and accountability, and so as not to compromise the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), I have informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof.
Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Chairperson of the IMCIM, of my decision to step aside from my position as Secretary to the Committee, pending an investigation into the allegations.

I call for such an investigation, and I am prepared to avail myself, at all times, to the investigation process.

I am confident that, at the end of it all, I will be exonerated, and my good name will be preserved.


Source: Ghana/ClassFMmonline.com/91.3FM



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