Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) Mr. Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue has stepped aside in the wake of the release of Anas’ latest investigative piece on galamsey.
In his letter addressed to the Office of the President and dated March 1, 2019, Mr. Bissue cited the reason for his decision as not wanting to compromise the work of the IMCIM.
Mr. Bissue was captured on tape receiving money to fast track documentation for an alleged mining company, ORR Resources.
He was made the Secretary to the IMCIM which was established by the President Nana Addo in 2017 as he stepped up efforts to regulate activities of small-scale mining and clamp down on illegal mining.
However, there were some loop holes in the IMCIM and have been duly caught on tape taking bribes to facilitate illegal mining including security personnel in Anas’ latest documentary.
In his statement, he wrote “I have taken notice of the content of the latest documentary by Tiger Eye P.I titled ” Galamsey Fraud.” I would like to state , at the very outset, that I am innocent of the allegations leveled against me in the documentary, as I was not and have not engaged in any acts of corruption, criminality or misconduct.
“However, in the interest of transparency and accountability, and so as not to compromise the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), I have informed the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Chairperson of the IMCIM, of my decision to step aside from my position as Secretary of the Committee, pending an investigation into the allegations,” Mr. Bissue noted.
According to him, he is prepared to make himself available for questioning regarding the matter at hand.
“I call for such an investigation, and I am prepared to avail myself at all times to the investigation process. I am confident that at the end of it all, I will be exonerated, and my good name will be preserved.”