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Former Forestry Commission CEO, sir John named in report on illegal mining

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Late Forestry Commission CEO Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has been named in the Frimpong-Boateng report on illegal mining in Ghana. According to the report by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), the Forestry Commission under Mr Owusu Afriyie deliberately refused to subscribe to GalamStop, an app introduced to regulate agencies in the forest industry.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng stated in the report that Sir John, as the Forestry Commission CEO was popularly known, was actively giving out timber concessions, including those of foreign nationals for prospecting activities in forest reserves, despite the government’s ban on the activity.

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Furthermore, Sir John was cited for permitting mining activities in forest reserves without permits and giving forestry entry permits to mining companies, both large and small-scale. The report also revealed that he had Chinese gangs doing mining on his behalf through the Director of Operations at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu.

The renowned heart surgeon lamented how the former CEO had destroyed the forest reserves through his mining activities, despite being the Director of Operations at the Forestry Commission. Professor Frimpong-Boateng also recalled how at a meeting in the President’s conference room, he told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that Sir John was the greatest danger to the forests of Ghana.

In a nutshell, the Frimpong-Boateng report has accused the late Forestry Commission CEO, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, of deliberately failing to subscribe to GalamStop, an app introduced to regulate agencies in the forest industry.

The report also cited Sir John for actively giving out timber concessions and forestry entry permits to mining companies, including foreign nationals, for prospecting activities in forest reserves despite the government’s ban on the activity.

Furthermore, he was accused of destroying forest reserves through his mining activities and permitting Chinese gangs to engage in mining activities on his behalf through the Director of Operations at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu. Professor Frimpong-Boateng lamented how Sir John was the greatest danger to the forests of Ghana and that he had actively destroyed the forest reserves.

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