Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker has denied allegations that he is involved in illegal mining activities.
According to him, these reports are false representations made against him by a rival claimant to the Dompim Pepesa Divisional Stool and have instructed his Lawyers to go to Court for redress.
This follows accusations by a sub-chief of Dompim-Pepesa in Tarkwa in the Western Region, Nana Nyonwah Panyin IV.
The Chief had alleged that Mr. Duker who doubles as MP for Tarkwa- Nsuaem owned a galamsey concession in the area.
“My attention has been drawn to news publication item by certain media houses on my alleged involvement in illegal mining around Dompim-Pepesa in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality
in the Western Region. I wish to state emphatically that, I don’t have any links to the activities of any form of illegal mining anywhere. These deliberate false representations made against me by a rival claimant to the Dompim Pepesa Divisional Stool, are needless, baseless, vain and unfortunate,” Mr. Duker said in an October 11 statement.
Mr. Duker is of the conviction that the fight against galamsey is a herculean task that cannot be won by “just pointing fingers at leaders, government appointees among others at various levels in mining districts with the intent of tarnishing their image for political expediency and selfish parochial interest without any fact.”
He argues that Government is committed to winning the war against illegal mining and calling on all stakeholders to support government in that regard.
Read the full statement below