• Galamsey fight: National House of Chiefs must get involved – Nana Prah

    The Paramount Chief of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, and a member of the national house of chiefs, Nana Prah Agyensaim plans to propose to members of th National the need to use their good offices to help win the fight against illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.

    Nana Prah believes this proposal will directly get members of the House of Chiefs to support the campaign as people who have great influence on their subjects in the affected areas.

    He made the comments when Lands minister, John Peter Amewu, his two deputies and a team from the Lands ministry, paid a courtesy call on him, at Assin Kushea in the Central Region.Nana Prah Agyensaim encouraged all to rally behind the ministry to win the fight against illegal mining.

    He stated “it is my intention to raise this matter [illegal mining] at the next National House of Chiefs meeting. This matter is long overdue and we must overcome it and Nananom will add their voice to it soon,” he hinted.

    Asked by Citi News‘ Kojo Agyeman why the House was yet to make its position known on the fight against illegal mining public, Nana Prah said the House was only constituted this year and was still finding its feet.

    Nana Prah, who is also a member of the advisory board of Lands and Natural Resources Ministry said the effects of illegal mining on the environment was dangerous and that it was time it was brought under control.

    According to him, the influence of traditional rulers in the fight against illegal mining cannot be underestimated.

    “We are all guilty of this menace. Its been long overdue and the time is now to stop this canker. A country without water bodies and land is not a country and galamsey is destroying the land and the water bodies,” Nana Prah noted.

    By: Kojo Agyeman/

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  • I’ve never met ‘galamsey queen’ Aisha – Minister

    The Ashanti regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah has flatly denied ever knowing the alleged notorious Chinese illegal miner, Asia Huang.

    The Minister’s remarks was in reaction to a publication in The Republic Newspaper that claimed  that he had been “hobnobbing” with the dreaded galamseyer and as a result granted  her  diplomatic courtesies in the region.

    Ms. Huang, according to Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, the managing editor of the New Crusading Guide had become untouchable because she holds secret recordings of sexual escapades she had with some influential figures in the country.

    And according to the Republic,  at a recent programme to confirm President Akufo-Addo’s mayor-nominee for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA),   Osei Assibey Antwi, Ms Huang otherwise known as Aisha, had been hosted as one of the special guests.

    But reacting to the allegation Thursday May 11, 2017 on Morning Starr, Osei-Mensah completely repudiated the paper’s claim noting unequivocally that he had never dealt with any Chinese since assuming the regional Minister portfolio three months earlier.

    According to him, the publication was nothing but pure concoction of “falsehoods, lies and disgraceful journalism.”

    “It is in a very bad taste. I don’t know what they mean by doing that and they have to withdraw it immediately and apologize to me because I have never ever known that lady the whole of my life,” he stated in an interview with Morning Starr host Francis Abban.

    He added, “fortunately for me, ever since I took over not a single Chinese whether male or female has entered my office. It is a lie and that is  very bad journalism and whoever published that must bow his or her head in shame.”

    Meanwhile, Ms Huang is currently on remand after she was arrested for illegal mining last week.



  • I’ll sue anyone who links me to galamsey – Okyenhene

    The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has threatened to sue any individual or institution that mentions his name in any galamsey discussion.

    The warning comes on the back of a BNI report that fingered the paramount chief in the illegal mining trade.

    Addressing members of the Council of State, who are touring galamsey affected towns, the Okyenhene said it is crazy for anyone to associate him with galamsey.

    “There are eight regions that have these activities going on, why should I be the target? Today an institution of government, the BNI, goes to investigate this menace and somebody has the audacity to implicate me, if the land is mine and if I have an interest in gold,  can’t I go to the minerals commission and pick up a licence and do mining legally, if that’s what I choose to do? So it’s crazy for anyone to think that I will get up and go and steal on my own land illegally, mind you! illegal mining is a criminal activity.

    “So for anyone to impugn my name in a criminal activity is serious. We are not going to take this lying down. I have shed tears and anger knowing that what we are doing now is tearing the future of our children by this galamsey.

    “Everybody knows that I’m against mining, not because I don’t want mining but because of what mining has done to our country. As far as the BNI is concerned, my lawyers are here; anybody that my lawyers hear impugn my name in galamsey will have to meet us in court,” the Okyenhene warned.

    Meanwhile, the lands and natural resources minister John Peter Amewu has dismissed  reports by the BNI that the Okyenhene is involved in galamsey.



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