Question: Is the Minister aware his directive on March 23 was violated?

Some documents circulating on social media reveals that the mining licenses of Kate Gyamfua's Xtra Gold Mining Limited was renewed after the sector Minister announced a ban on carrying out such exercise.

The Minister of Land and Natural, Resources, Mr Abu Jinapor on the 23rd of March, 2021 announced a ban on the issuance of mining licenses, renewal of mining licenses and granting of permits to mine in the forest.

However, the viral documents shows that the NPP National Women's Organizer's mining company got its licenses renewed on March 24, 2021 by the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission.

The Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission is an agency under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. The renewal of the license clearly was to pave way for Xtra Gold Mining Limited to continue mining in three communities located in the Eastern region: Kwabeng, Pameng and Bonsu.

In addition, a fresh license was issued by the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission to Madam Gyamfua's company to mine gold in the Abuakwa South Municipality on the same day, 24 March, 2021.

However, the military task force responsible for the fight against galamsey stormed one of the mining sites in the Eastern region, belonging to the Xtra Gold Mining Limited and burnt eight(8) excavators, a dozer and a number of water pumping machines on 16 May, 2021.

Three big questions that beg for answers are:

1. Why did the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission renew the licenses of Xtra Gold Mining Limited on 24 March, 2021, a day after the Minister's directive, prohibiting same?

2. Is the Minister, Mr Abu Jinapor aware that his directives were breached, a day after his announcement?

3. If he is aware, does this have anything to do with the distraction of the mining equipments belonging to Madam Kate Gyamfua?