The founder and leader of the defunct United Renaissance Party (URP), Chuck Kofi Wayo has stated that the inability of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to effectively tackle the ‘galamsey’ menace in the country makes it a “useless” organization.
According to him, the organization with the investigative jurisdiction over a wide range of criminal offenses in Ghana is poorly trained and equipped, which therefore makes it inoperable in the face of the illegal mining.
“… I see that the BNI is useless, they are badly trained. They don’t know what to do for the country,” he fumed.
In equating the duty of the BNI to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States of America, Kofi Wayo asserted that the BNI is tasked by law to protect the nation, the citizens and to uphold the constitution by initiating actions that are tailored to protect the citizens of Ghana, but the reverse is the case.
He made this comments on Adom FM, while being interviewed on the work of the Inter-Ministerial Task force, charged with the duty of checking the activities of illegal mining and the infiltration of foreigners into the small-scale mining sector.
He revealed that, he has seen at first hand the work the Inter-Ministerial Task force is doing to curb the suffering and destruction associated with illegal mining, though he maintains that should have been the job of the BNI.
However, Kofi Wayo was quick to state that, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Insusah Fuseini is his Minister of the month because his investigations revealed that he (the Minister) refused a $4 million bribe from a group of small scale miners.