We Will Oppose Government’s Award of Nyinahin Bauxite Concession To Rocksure – Minority Leader
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has stated unequivocally that his side will not support government’s award of the Nyinahini bauxite concession to a Ghanaian firm, Rocksure International. In an interview with Citi FM’s Bernard Avle on political talk show ‘The Point of View’, Haruna Iddrisu said the solution was not to substitute Exton Cubic for Rocksure but rather to go back to parliament and ratify the agreement which was initially in favor of Exton Cubic.
Exton Cubic Group, the mining group owned by businessman Ibrahim Mahama had its three mining leases declared invalid by the Supreme Court and subsequently lost a review application challenging the apex court’s decision. The apex court unanimously declared the three leases invalid because they were not ratified by Parliament, as required under Article 268 Clause 1 of the 1992 Constitution.
The court, therefore, held that Exton Cubic had a non-existing right to those leases and, accordingly, quashed the decision of the High Court which had earlier quashed a letter from the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Peter Amewu, revoking the mining leases.
However, Government this year announced as part of its agenda for an integrated Aluminum Industry it had finalized negotiations with Rocksure International to build a mine and refinery solution at Nyinahin-Mpasaaso. But Mr. Iddrisu said the minority in Parliament will vehemently oppose the Rocksure deal.
“In the management of resources, the Ghanaian people expect the parliament of Ghana to exercise in the defense of their interest any transaction, contract or undertaking involving the grant of a right of a concession made or entered into or under before the coming into force of the constitution shall be subject to ratification by parliament.
According to him, the law prescribes that parliament will require votes of not less than two-thirds of members to be passed.
“Nana Addo Danquah and his NPP do not have two-thirds so it will suffer, and it must suffer because you don’t create opportunities for others and deny others”. Said Haruna Iddrisu.
Mr. Iddrisu said the idea is to send a strong signal to the President that the opportunities of the country must be shared equally regardless of political affiliation.