Some members of the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners in the Bolga district have commended its National Executives for interdicting Robert Boazor Tampoare as the local chairman of the association over several allegations of irregularities. In April of this year, a mining group known as the Unique Mining Group first petitioned the national executive body of the association regarding the actions of Mr. Boazor, who is the Chairman of the Bolgatanga Chapter of the GNASSM. Another petition from some members of the association also followed up on the same issue.
This led the National President of the GNASSM to set up a committee known as the Sampson Wiredu Committee to investigate the matter. After the investigation, Robert Boazor Tampoare was interdicted as chairman, and the entire Bolgatanga District Executive was dissolved, pending the appointment of an interim executive committee.
Addressing the media in Bolgatanga on the issue, Mr. Zumah T. Yaro, a member of the association, applauded both the committee and national executives for the action taken. According to Mr. Zumah, the action taken by the GNASSM in interdicting Mr. Boazor is a big relief for all members. He alleged that Mr. Boazor, as their chairman, subjected them to a lot of frustration, making it difficult for them to access all the benefits they deserve as small-scale miners.
“The Sampson Wiredu Committee, which was made up of five members of the national executive, did investigate and report the same on the matter. We are very happy to inform you that, per the Samson Wiredu Committee’s report and the Advisory Committee’s report, Robert Boazor Tampoare has been interdicted (suspended) and the entire Bolgatanga District Executive dissolved. Meanwhile, the report directs that an interim executive should be put in place to manage the affairs of the small-scale miners, pending next year’s elections of substantive executives.”
“We commend the Sampson Wiredu Committee for a detailed job done and for acknowledging our challenges and the recommendations for the solution. In fact, members are relieved from the pain and frustration that Robert Boazor Tampoare has taken us through.”
The Bolgatanga District chapter of the Ghana National Association of Small–Scale Miners comprises Bolgatanga, Nabdam, Talensi, Bongo, Bawku West, Builsa South, and some parts of the North East Region. The small–scale miners further called on interested groups, institutions, and individuals in mining to go by the GNASSM directive and avoid dealing with the interdicted Chairman.
“Just as we are ready to soldier on against his alleged criminal actions, we wish to serve notice to the entire interest groups,institutions, and individuals in mining, and notice is hereby served that anyone who deals with Robert Boazor Tampoare, especially Earl International Group Ghana Gold Limited, formerly known as Shaanxi Mining Company Limited, the Mineral Commission and Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, would be doing so at their own peril or risk. He is on suspension from the Unique Mining Group. He is on interdiction by the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners, and he has no locus to represent any miner or concessionaire in the Bolgatanga Mining District.”
At the time of filing this story, we tried to establish contact with Robert Boazor Tampoare to find out whether or not he had been served with this interdiction letter, but all attempts were unsuccessful.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|