The Burkinabè minister in charge of mines, Simon Pierre Boussim denied on Tuesday, in Ouagadougou, the granting of a mine to the Russian private security group Wagner in exchange for its services in the fight against terrorism, as declared last Tuesday, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, in Washington during the United States-Africa Summit.
“We did not grant a permit to a Russian company in southern Burkina. On the other hand, there was a Council of Ministers which officially granted an exploitation permit to an industrial mine called Nordgold for the exploitation Yimiougou ore located in the commune of Korsimoro, in the Center-North region,” Boussim said on the sidelines of a meeting on Tuesday with civil society.
The Burkinabè minister in charge of mines said that the Russian mining company Nordgold, which will operate the Yimiougou mine in the center-north of the country, has existed in Burkina Faso for ten years and already operates three gold mines in Burkina Faso.
The Minister’s remarks were supported by Jonas Hien, Permanent Secretary for Civil Society on behalf of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), who told the press after the meeting that the Burkinabè mining administration brought all the documentation relating to Russian mining companies in Burkina Faso and “that there was no clandestine granting of a gold mine to Wagner in the south of the country”.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said last Tuesday in Washington, where he was attending the United States-Africa summit, that Burkina Faso has called on the services of the Russian private military company, Wagner to fight against “terrorist” groups. .
“Today, Russian mercenaries are on our northern border. Burkina Faso has now reached an arrangement with Mali so that the Wagner forces present in this country can intervene in Burkina”, declared Nana Akufo-Addo adding that ” a mine in southern Burkina” was awarded to the Wagner group “as payment” for its services.
Ouagadougou had quickly reacted to this exit of the Ghanaian president by summoning the Ghanaian ambassador to Burkina Faso Boniface Gambila Adagbila to an “urgent hearing” on Friday, and by recalling the same day his ambassador in Accra, General Pingrenoma Zagré for “consultation”. .
According to the report of the hearing of the Ghanaian diplomat published by the Ministry in charge of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso “the Ambassador of Ghana indicated that this exit of his President was not intended to condemn Burkina Faso, nor to sow doubt in people’s minds, but the intention was above all to attract the attention of partners in order to arouse great interest in Burkina Faso”
Moreover, “the remarks of the Ghanaian president were in the conditional”, according to the text quoting the Ghanaian ambassador Boniface Gambila Adagbila.
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