Okobeng Mining CEO’s Award Revoked Over Galamsey
The Western Regional Health Directorate of Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revoked, with immediate effect a partnership award presented to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Okoben Mining Limited, Nana Okoben Amponsah.
This was after it came to light, the embattled businessman’s company was involved in alleged illegal mining activities, otherwise called ‘galamsey’ after several complaints with copious evidence were submitted by chiefs and youth against him.
According to the health directorate in a letter, the operations of the mining firm which includes environmental degradation, have significant implications of health on the people and therefore, cannot associate themselves with the operations of the company.
Interestingly, the revocation comes barely two days after Mr. Okoben Amponsah personally picked the award during an Annual Performance Review ceremony organized by the regional health directorate at Akoma Plaza Hotel, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
But in a letter, intercepted by The Anchor dated Thursday, March 30, and signed by the Western Regional Director of Health Service Dr. Yaw Ofori Yeboah, also accused Okoben Mining CEO of making some misrepresentations in the media relative to the award.
“In view of the above revelations and the misrepresentations made in the media, we hereby unreservedly revoke the award presented to you on 28th March, 2023 and disassociate ourselves from the operations of your company,” excerpts of the letter stated.
Explaining circumstances for the award, the letter explained, “The Western Regional Health Directorate routinely honours individuals for their support to the health sector as part of our Annual Performance Review process. Your name was submitted among others for consideration this year”.
“However, following the award presented to you on 28/03/2023, we have received numerous complaints with copious evidence against you and the operations of your Company Limited. This includes environmental degradation which has significant implications for health.
We have also cited petitions by Chiefs and the youth of the area against your company for acts that run counter to the principles behind our award”.
Below Is Published, The Revocation Letter: