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Calls for Transparency in Ghana’s Fight Against Illegal Mining

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Former Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has called for transparency in the fight against illegal small scale mining in Ghana, also known as Galamsey. Boamah insisted that the government should publish the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) that was established to tackle Galamsey.

He suggested that if the government fails to publish the report, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who chaired the committee, should do so. Boamah’s demand came after Prof Frimpong-Boateng accused some people in government, especially at the Presidency, of interfering with the fight against Galamsey. The accusation led to investigations by the President to establish the veracity of the claim.

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The issue resulted in a confrontation between Prof Frimpong-Boateng and veteran journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, with the former accusing the latter of “consistent” attacks on him.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng wrote a letter to Mr Kweku Baako Jnr, protesting his attacks since August 2010 when he vied for the flagbearer position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The controversy centers around the whereabouts of 500 excavators that were reportedly missing. The former Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister refuted allegations of taking an excavator, saying that the truth would emerge.

Boamah believes that publishing the report will eliminate any doubts and ensure that there is transparency in the fight against Galamsey. He tweeted that, “The best way to bring transparency and remove any moral hazard is for the government or Prof. Frimpong Boateng (FB) to publish the said Galamsey report.”

While the government has not yet commented on the matter, Prof Frimpong-Boateng has reportedly presented a report on the work of the IMCIM, which he chaired, and suggested a way forward in the fight against illegal mining.

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