The Deputy Director of the National Service Secretariat, Henry Nana Boakye, has advised NDC functionaries and sympathisers of embattled Exton Cubic Group Limited not to politicize the revocation of the company’s license to mine bauxite.
“It is a purely procedural and legal matter and Ghana is a country of law so if [Exton Cubic] thinks it has been treated unfairly, [it] should proceed to the law court,” he noted.
Government on Monday announced the revocation of the mining license given to Exton Cubic Group Limited to mine bauxite in the Nyinahin area of the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region.
The company failed to comply with all the necessary statutory regulations, according to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu.
The Minister said the failure to obtain an environmental and operational permits is statutory infraction, which renders the company’s license invalid and of no effect.
Contributing into the discussions on TV3 New Day hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh on Tuesday, Nana Boakye said “on the face of it, he had the mandate to prospect, but on certain conditionality”.
The National Youth organizer aspirant of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said “they [Exton Cubic] were caught by several nets because there are quite a number of issues here, not only one and it is a purely legal matters”.
Nana Boakye said “the moment we bring in the political angle and the person go back to correct the earlier mistakes, it has already tainted the deal”.
But the Member of Parliament for Mion Constituency, Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, countered that “a government that wants to empower the local industry will not revoke such license”.
“I feel very sad for businesses that are associated with the NPP today because when power changes hands, they can be sabotaged”, the NDC MP noted.
He accused the government of criminalising everything associated with Ibrahim Mahama who is the brother of former President Mahama.
“I am surprised that unemployment is threatening the security of Ghana but the government is encouraging it because a company which can employ thousands of the youth is being sabotaged” Abdul-Aziz stressed.
By kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana