The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, has rubbished media reports suggesting that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), in its latest report accused the Okyenhene of engaging in illegal mining in Kibi.
Media reports according to the Ministry, did not only suggest that the BNI’s report cited Okyenhene’s complicity in the menace, but also alleged that members of an anti-illegal mining task-force purportedly linked to the Okyenhene’s Palace, “allegedly extort monies from illegal miners in the area.”
But the Ministry in a statement clarified that “checks by this Ministry indicate that, the last known environmental protection task-force from the Palace was disbanded over three years ago.”
According to the Ministry, the said BNI report only “recorded a said perception against the Okyenhene’s Palace. It did not accuse the Okyenhene or the Palace of being complicit in illegal mining activities.”
“To the best of this Ministry ‘s knowledge, the Okyenhene’s Foundation has rather been at the forefront of the fight against illegal mining and the Ministry will continue to urge the Okyenhene, his Foundation and other traditional authorities to continue supporting this necessary fight to save the environment,” the Ministry added.