The man whose earthmoving equipment was torched by some angry youth at Abekoase in the Atiwa district of the Eastern Region has invoked the dreaded Ashanti deity ‘Antoa Nyama’ on President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and its appointees for the loss.
The youth numbering about 300 burnt two new Liebherr excavators, three heavy duty generators, a new Nelson Gold concentrator, two drums of engine oil, two drums of hydraulic oil, a 5000-litre poly tank, 6000-litre diesel container, six water pumps, tools and equipment boxes and welding plants belonging to Agyei Dankwa Investment, which they claim does illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) in the area.
But Chief Executive Officer of the mining company, Patrick Agyei Dankwa is blaming government for his predicament.
He indicated that the youth in the area would not have taken the law into their own hands if government had not started the fight against illegal mining known in local parlance as galamsey.
A livid Agyei Dankwa said he engages in small scale mining and has acquired the needed permit from the Minerals Commission.
The cost of the equipment according to him is estimated at USD$1.5million and he does not have such an amount to buy a new one.
The angry miner described as total wickedness the action taken by the youth but rather chose to curse President Akufo-Addo and other politicians especially in the NPP he claims are deeply involved in galamsey to also suffer the same fate.
“Nana Addo and his government should take drastic measures and bring perpetrators to book else something bad will happen to the country. I am deeply hurt and if government takes no action, then God should use me to punish these politicians. They will face even more disasters more than I am facing now” he cried on Accra-based Neat FM.
Mr Agyei Dankwa has therefore given government two weeks’ ultimatum to take action or face his wrath.
He is also predicting a more serious disaster if nothing is done about his current predicament.
“The God I serve will deal with them if government refuses to take drastic measures to solve my situation because our leaders don’t speak the truth” he stated.