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Wontumi to Catholic Bishops: “I’m a Catholic; you should have phoned me to inquire about the galamsey claims.”

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Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, is the regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ashanti. He has expressed regret at the Catholic Bishops’ call for the prosecution of Akonta Mining personnel.

Wontumi to Catholic Bishops: "I'm a Catholic; you should have phoned me to inquire about the galamsey claims."
Wontumi to Catholic Bishops: “I’m a Catholic; you should have phoned me to inquire about the galamsey claims.”

 

Following their plenary meeting in Donkokrom, in the Eastern Region, the Ghana Catholic Bishops urged the government to pursue those who fund illegal mining, or “galamsey.”

“We ask the appropriate agencies responsible for the preservation and protection of our natural resources to ensure that the funders of actions that lead to serious challenges facing the nation, such illicit mining, be brought to justice” (galamsey).

Parts of a statement by the Catholic Bishop Conference stated, “One critical example is the call for prosecution of the owners of Akonta mining Limited, among others who have been accused by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, confirmed by the Minerals Commission, and reported in the media.”

In response, Wontumi stated that since he (Wontumi) is a Catholic, the bishops ought to have phoned him to inquire about the claim during an interview on Neat FM that GhanaWeb was listening to.

He then clarified that his company, Akonta Mining, does not engage in small-scale illicit mining but rather is a large-scale mining enterprise.

“Where I disagree with them (the Bishops) is that since I am a Catholic, they could have phoned me to inquire about the facts of the case so that I could provide them with all the documentation I possess.

They are men of God, so I won’t say anything negative about them. I can only cite Romans 8:31, which states, “If God is for you, who can be against you?”

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“Though the mountains be rocked and the hills be taken, yet my unfailing love for you will not be disturbed nor my covenant of peace be withdrawn,” he declared in Twi. “My last quotation for them is from Isaiah 54 verse 10.”

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