The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Exton Cubic Group Limited, Sammy Gyamfi, has expressed shock at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after a press release that his outfit has no permit to mine bauxite at Nyinahini in the Ashanti Region.
According to him, it is embarrassing that a country which practices rule of law has denied Exton Cubic Group Limited the natural justice by giving the company an opportunity to defend itself in the ongoing mêlée surrounding the Nyinahini bauxite.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, Sammy Gyamfi bemoaned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been unfair to the local Ghanaian company for revoking its permit to prospect on the site without any provocation.
“What EPA has done is very unfair to us. At least in law, before you punish somebody, you have to give the person the chance to defend himself before passing judgment and this is what the lawyers call it, natural justice. Ask EPA if they have called us into a meeting to hear our side of the story when the news came out in the media,” he enquired.
He insisted it is not true that EPA has written to Exton Cubic Group Limited demanding explanations on the allegations levelled against the company; thus, the only letter Exton Cubic Group claimed to have seen is the press release in the news, but wondered if it is the new practice of EPA to revoke license through press releases.
He asserted that Exton Cubic Group Limited has written to the EPA twice this year on 30th March and 18th June 2017 regarding the process of acquiring the permit to mine the bauxite at Nyinahini, but no response has come from the EPA.
He emphasized that, even though Exton Cubic has no permit to exploit the bauxite, it is an undeniable fact that the company has the permit to prospect on the site, while process is underway to attain the permit to exploit the bauxite.
He maintained that the EPA has not gone to the site to attest to the allegation before revoking the permit to prospect on the land.
“ . . since the issue broke out, EPA has not gone to the site to see if we are indeed exploiting the site and without even calling us to hear our side of the issue. EPA has taken ultimate decision against us without hearing from us,” he asserted.
“EPA’s decision to revoke our license is flawed . . . there is no machine on the site exploiting the bauxite. Mining has not begun because we are not through with the documentations; legally, we are not done to begin the exploitation. What we were going to do was prospecting,” he indicated.