Chief of Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District of Ashanti Region Nana Amanpene Boateng Twum, has waded into the Exton Cubic Group Limited and Nyinahin youth bauxite saga, accusing the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Williams Darko, of stoking unnecessary fire.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Nana Amanpene, who appeared livid by the actions of the DCE and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, said Exton Cubic had the full backing of the community to engage in bauxite prospecting in the Tano-Offin forest reserve.
According to him, all three stools in whose traditional jurisdiction the bauxite concession is situated were fully aware of the legal processes that commenced four years ago, expressing surprise at the attitude of the DCE.
Lack of jobs in the area, he said, was reaching an embarrassing level, hence the approval of bauxite mining by the community leaders so as to create employment.
He, therefore, called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used by anybody to cause chaos in the community.
However, at a separate press conference at Nyinahin, the youth of the town commended the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, for the support he gave to the DCE when he ordered the seizure of some mining equipment belonging to Engineers and Planners owned by Ibrahim Mahama, the younger brother of former President John Dramani Mahama.
The youth led by one Bismark Oboobi appealed to their chief to stop making comments in the media which seek to tarnish the image of not only the youth but the people of the area.
The youth denied assertions by their chief that they were incited to cause mayhem.
“We know what is good and we won’t let anybody incite us,” they said.
Meanwhile the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday revealed that the Exton Cubic Group has no permit to mine bauxite at Nyinahini in the Ashanti Region.
EPA in a statement said that “as a result of the public interest in the matter, it [EPA] would like to clarify the position of Exton Cubic Group Limited’s environmental permit status under its mining lease (that is a necessary condition for any mining activity).
“The bottom line is that Exton Cubic Group Limited has not obtained the required EPA permit under its mining lease and, therefore, any attempt to enter the area for mining activity is illegal,” the statement added.
Story: From James Appiakorang Jnr., Kumasi, Ashanti Region