Hon. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister responded to the alleged allegation that he and the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Martin K. Ayisi, requested the small-scale miners to buy furniture for the Upper East conference room of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
a statement released by Forum for Accountability and Equal Justice in Northern Ghana (FOAEJU-GH) captured that: “It is also on record that the Regional Minister said that the CEO of the Minerals Commission directed small-scale miners to purchase furniture for the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council. The so-called small-scale miners in their press statement also claimed that they voluntarily bought the furniture for the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council after the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Martin K. Ayisi, asked for the furniture from the small-scale miners. On the contrary, the CEO of the Minerals Commission is also on record to have strongly denied these claims, saying he never asked any small-scale miners to purchase furniture for the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council. What a bizarre and dangerous state of confusion! There are recordings of these statements made by the Upper East Regional Minister and the CEO of the Minerals Commission about the illegal demand for furniture from the small-scale miners”!
Responding to the alleged allegation, Upper East Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu denied the allegation. According to him, it will be impossible for him to force anyone to buy furniture for the RCC against his or her will. “This furniture that was there, it came through stores, I don’t know if you have been to our conference room? If you came to our conference room when I came, it was sad! The chairs are all peeled off”.
He further explained: “So, in the meeting, they agreed [Small Scale Miners] that when they take their money, they can buy RCC some chairs, they even say they will do painting and buy cotton and all that. So, when they took the money, I wasn’t even there, I was in Accra and they brought 30 chairs and marked it with Small scale Miner to RCC and they passed it through the stores. Did I take one chair to my house? Did I even take one chair to my residency? The chairs are there. Is it not normal for people to say look, take this or take that for administration? If the chairs went to my house or I carried the chair to Accra or I carried the chairs to my own house, that one is trouble for me. The Regional told Apexnewsgh.com
Meanwhile, the Small scale miners who signed an official agreement with Earl International Group Ghana Gold Limited to relinquish interest in their small-scale mining concessions also stated in their press release dated 23rd January 2023, said: “We furnished the conference hall out of our own good will upon a plea from the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Martin Kwaku Ayisi and not a force from the Regional Minister”.
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