NORPRA Statement
NORPRA Statement

Government has been called upon to as a matter of urgency to probe into some of the Shareholders and Directors of Cassius Mining Ghana Limited operating at the Gbane mining communities in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region alleged to be ex-convicts.

The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a Civil Society Organization (CSO) which works to promote sustainable mining and socio-economic transformation of northern Ghana , made the call in a press statement issued and signed by its Executive Director, Mr Bismark Adongo Ayorogo, and copied to the Media in Bolgatanga on Wednesday.

According to the CSO, the laws of Ghana do not allow ex-convicts and fraudulent persons to run companies and wondered why such ex-convicts who were allegedly convicted by the Courts of competent jurisdiction on crimes bordering on hard drugs and many more others in Australia would be allowed by the government to operate in the soils of Ghana.

“In an effort to draw a link and establish the legality or otherwise of these conducts by the alleged ex-convicts within the confines of the Ghanaian law, NORPRA noted that the laws of Ghana do not allow ex-convicts and fraudulent persons to run companies”, it stressed.

It indicated that a research conducted by NOPRA revealed that Section 186 of the Companies Act 1963, Act 179 restrains fraudulent persons from managing companies.

“The Section specifically restrains an individual from managing a company if that individual (a) is convicted on indictment, whether in Ghana or elsewhere, of any offence involving fraud or dishonesty or any offence in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a body corporate, or (b) a person is adjudicated bankrupt whether in Ghana or elsewhere, or (c) it appears that a person has been guilty of any criminal offence, whether convicted or not, in relation to anybody corporate or of any fraud or breach of duty in relation to a body corporate”, it indicated.

NORPA argued that apart from the impermissibility imposed by law, research had also clearly established that there is positive correlation between drug use and crime and therefore noted that the probability of the ex-convicts turning the mining community into safe haven for drug barons with possible effects on society such as crime, insecurity and violence is undoubtedly very high.

“It is for these reasons that NORPRA wants the Government pay serious attention to the issue and without further delay probe into the matter to establish whether or not these Australian names with reported criminal records are the real persons that had their names registered as Directors and Shareholders of Cassius Mining Ltd in Ghana, find out the extent to which due diligence was carried out by the Registrar-General Department and the Minerals Commission before approval of application and granting of Large Scale Mining License to the company and apply sanctions where necessary to individuals and organizations who may be found capable “ , it appealed.

The CSO who gave the names of some the ex-convicts who are the shareholders and the Directors of the Mining Company as Radwin Elhassan, Anthony Upul Samantha, Anthony Joseph Karam, Jeffrey Braysich and James Arkoudis , assured the government of NORPRA’s readiness to assist any institution in these investigations.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Cassius Mining, Mr Kenneth Singah, said he was not previewed to some of the names being mentioned by the CSO as Shareholders and Directors of Cassius Mining Ghana Limited.

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