EXCLUSIVE: THE MAHAMAS OWN COMPANY 'DIVIDING' AKUFO-ADDO'S MINISTERS

Exclusive: The Mahamas own company 'dividing' Akufo-Addo's Ministers

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers | Austin.powers@myjoyonline.com | Instagram: @realbrakopowers
Date: 22nd-august-2017 Time:  6:21:21 pm

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Information gathered by Myjoyonline.com has revealed the local mining company, whose operation has sparked a misunderstanding between two top government officials, is owned by the family of former President John Mahama.

A search conducted at the Registrar General's Department showed Exton Cubic Group was incorporated on August 18, 1999 and commenced operation the next day, August 19, 1999.

Two of the directors and shareholders of the company have been linked to the family of former president John Mahama.

The directors are Ms Oona Maxwell, wife of businessman Ibrahim Mahama, who also doubles as the secretary of the company.

Other directors are the former President’s brother Michael Mahama and one other person Kweku Pobee.

But the nature of business stated in the company registration document does not include mining, an operation that is dividing top government officials.

Exton Cubic Group Limited is incorporated to undertake, plant and equipment, General Building and Civil Construction, Excavation and Haulage of Materials and Civil Construction Transport Logistics.

But the company's mining lease granted on June 20, 2017 is driving division in the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Ashanti Regional Minister,Simon Osei-Mensah and Lands Minister John Peter Amewu clashed last night over the operation of the local mining company in the Tano Offin Forest Reserve in the Atwima Mponua District.

Under the directive of Mr Osei-Mensah, the police seized some trucks belonging to Engineers and Planners, a company owned by Ibrahim Mahama, when they were being moved to the forest.

The Regional Minister told Joy News he has not been appropriately briefed on the operations of Exton Cubic Group Limited in the Forest Reserve in the Region.

“When I receive it [document] I will respond to it appropriately,” he said, adding he is not relying on the oral conversation he had with the Lands Minister on the matter.

The altercation between the top government officials comes at a time the company is facing a suit at the Supreme Court over the exploration permit granted it by the past government on December 29, 2016.

Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe popularly known as Abronye DC wants the Supreme Court to declare that the mining lease agreement between the past government and the company required parliamentary ratification under Section 5(4) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703).

Mr Baffoe has revealed he will be heading to the court Wednesday to present some new documents he has chanced on regarding operations of the company.

Although Mr Amewu has appealed to his colleague in the Ashanti Region to release seized E&P equipment, he said he has forwarded three lease documents, incuding the one covering Exton Cubic, to Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo for her advice.

But Exton Cubic Communications Officer Samuel Gyamfi said the company is legally mandated to undertake mining in the country.

He told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Tuesday, the company amended its nature of business to include mining in 2004.

Asked why the Registrar General's Department has not captured that aspect of the company's work in its data, Mr Gyamfi said that may be an oversight on the part of the business registry.

"Nothing untoward has been done...[because] you cannot deal with the Mineral's Commission without the requisite documentation allowing you to transact business in Ghana," he said.

Reacting to issues about personalities behind Exton Cubic Group Limited, Mr Gyamfi said businessman Ibrahim Mahama is "neither a shareholder" nor owner of the company.

Although he did not dispute the status of Mrs Mahama as a shareholder of the company, he said the "personality of the company is not part of the company."

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