The chairman of Ghana-China Business Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Hansol mining company, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, has appealed to government to deal ruthlessly with Immigration officers who deliberately arrest Chinese operators who have legally signed up to mine precious minerals in Ghana.
He acknowledged that attempts by officials to have legal miners arrested, is rather adverse effect on small scale mining.
Antwi-Boasiako, who was livid by the indiscriminate arrest told Okay FM’s Kwame Nkrumah ‘Tikese’ that just as the government pulled every difficult strings to get investors into Ghana, some of the legal miners had also taken the pain to convince their counterparts from China to help in the mining of minerals without harming the environment.
Intervening on behalf of Chinese nationals who have been arrested although they are into genuine mining business in Ghana, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako maintained that he has documents to attest to the fact that the people behind bars had legal documents to show that they are free to transact business in Ghana.
He explained that failure on the part of local banks to provide loans of about $1 million or more to small scale miners, made them fall on foreigners who were prepared to assist them with capital and heavy duty equipment for mining.
Noting that the arrests were frustrating their clients, he also suspected that certain big mining companies were the brains behind the “untoward arrests”.
He claimed the collaboration between the local miners and the legal Chinese miners was fetching much money for the local miners, which he claimed might be the reason why giant mining companies are scheming to arrest legal Chinese miners.