Bernard Antwi Bosiako, the NPP’s (ruling party) regional chairman for Ashanti, has entrusted God with the ownership dispute over the Nimri Forest Reserve.
The forestry business Samartex’s attempt to seize land that has been gazetted in Chairman Wontumi’s name will be aggressively contested, he claims.
“My faith is in Exodus 14:14, and I know God will fight for me,” he said in an interview on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem programme Tuesday.
The Forestry Commission was instructed by the Lands Ministry to stop Akonta Mining Limited’s operations in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve, prompting Chairman Wontumi to express his regret.
Although Akonta Mining has a mining lease to conduct mining operations in various areas of Samreboi in the Western region, the company has no mineral rights to mine in the Nimri Forest Reserve, according to a statement signed by sector minister Abu Jinapor.
This happened after two people were shot in Samreboi when some young people allegedly stopped Akonta Mining Limited employees from sending further mining equipment into the Tano Nimri Forest reserve.
Chairman Wontumi responded by categorically denying that, contrary to rumors, his company is actually mining in the Nimri Forest Reserve.
Rather, he claimed some illegal miners are engaging in galamsey on the land he had acquired since 2010.
“My company went to the forest with the security to drive out those doing galamsey on the land. Akonta Mining is not working in the Nimri Forest Reserve,” he stressed.
The NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman maintained that he is not engaged in galamsey, but has all the needed documentation to engage in large-scale mining.