A group called the Akwatia Development Association called on the government to reconsider its decision to appoint Enoch Baah as the new managing director of Great Consolidated Diamonds Ghana Limited (GCDGL).
According to the group, Enoch Baah, who once ran a mining company, is said to have destroyed it.
It is remembered that after the takeover of GCDGL, President Akufo-Addo assured the leaders and people of AKwatia that the government would do everything in its power to revive the former diamond company and that all bottlenecks would be removed so that the mine will work again by finding the right investor.
In an interview with Citi Business News, Vice President of the Group, Kwadwo Obeng Darko, said the appointment of Enoch Baa was inappropriate.
“We cannot accept the reappointment of Mr. Enoch Baach, not the person, but the principle behind it. He was appointed General Manager of the former JOSPONG Reconsolidated Diamonds Limited and led many things. In his time, people had to demolish houses, roads and all that. And this has caused the AKwatia Development Association to raise alarm. We believe that there are more young people in the system. We believe that the government can appoint other people, but not the same people. I mean, how can you do it? Not acceptable,” he said.
In an earlier statement, the group also said it will not accept any appointee of the government, indicating that the government wanted to take over all the company’s businesses without seeking new investors.
They asked the government to auction the mine so that competent investors could take over the company’s shares.
“Despite the government’s position and determination to revive the mine, the appointment of a new management team after the work of the IMC seems to indicate that the government intends to take over the mining operation.”
“This can’t be true because we believe that existing mining challenges arising from successive failed acquisitions can be better handled by more competent investors with sufficient experience and proven mining experience who can revive the mine again.”
“The Akwatia Development Association wants to draw the attention of the government to promises made to revive the mine. The association strongly recommends that the government establish a tender mine so that competent investors can buy company shares,” they said.