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Exton Cubic Big demo awaits Akufo-Addo as he leaves for UN General Assembly

The president is set to face a massive demonstration by a group calling itself Ashanti Youth for Development, who have decried his government’s handling of the Exton Cubic saga.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday left Accra for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA, the Flagstaff House has said in a statement.

The president is set to face a massive demonstration by a group calling itself Ashanti Youth for Development, who have decried his government’s handling of the Exton Cubic saga.

READ MORE: Withdrawal of Exton Cubic's exploration permit political – Kwesi Pratt

The mining license of Exton Cubic, a company with ties to Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former president John Mahama, was revoked after it was found out that the company did not obtain its mining license in a transparent manner.

But the group is accusing the president of political victimisation, demanding that the company be allowed to mine bauxite in the country.

The statement, issued in Accra by the Director of Communications at the Flagstaff House Eugene Arhin, said the President, as co-Chair of the Advocacy Group of Eminent Persons for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will participate in a series of SDGs events, and also deliver a speech on the theme “Africa Beyond Aid”, at the 5th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral talks with some colleague Heads of State, as well as with some CEOs of important global enterprises. At an event organised by the Africa-America Institute, on 19th September, the President will receive the “National Achievement Award” on behalf of the people of Ghana.

READ MORE: Akufo-Addo cancels Ibrahim Mahama's bauxite contract

On Thursday, 21st September, President Akufo-Addo will deliver his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, and hold a meeting with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday, 22nd September.

He will be accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo; Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, MP; Minister for Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba; Deputy Minister for Energy, Mohammed Amin Adam; and officials from the Presidency.

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