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Ghana’s gold does not belong to us – Egyapa Mercer

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Andrew Egyapa Mercer is deputy energy minister

Fri, 17 Feb 2023Source:

The Deputy Minister for Energy, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, has explained that Ghana has gone under several agreements that have given ownership of its natural resources to foreign companies; therefore, the country only takes royalties from these resources.

His comments are a response to claims that the gold-for-oil policy is a ploy by the government to exploit the country’s natural resources.

According to him, all Ghana has left is the royalties and taxes it collects from these mining companies.

Speaking on JoyNews on February 16, 2023, he said “When I hear people say, ‘our gold, our gold’, I ask what gold really are they talking about. We, all of a sudden, have forgotten that we signed agreements that have given concessions of all the natural resources, especially in the gold mining space to foreigners and some Ghanaian mining companies to explore the minerals and pay us royalties and if they make a profit pay corporate taxes.”

He added “That’s what belongs to us, but it was useful and prudent for us to have some reserves and so, the Bank of Ghana started the policy of buying gold. Then the thinking came about how we can ensure the commodity is available for the Ghanaian consumer at the pump in a way that does not adversely affect and also Bank of Ghana’s ability to source fuel.”

He stated that this was what led to the birth of the gold-for-oil policy.

The deputy minister also rebutted claims that the policy needs to go through parliamentary approval.

“On even the import side, BOST, before the commencement of this programme [Gold for Oil], if you like, imports petroleum products as part of their operations, do they take it to parliament for approval?” he asked.

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