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Former Minister accuses high-ranking officials in Akufo-Addo’s government of illegal mining involvement

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Former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has accused some high-ranking officials of President Akufo-Addo’s government of being involved in illegal mining.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, who served under the president during his first term, stated that the rot goes as high as the Jubilee House, the government seat. In a 36-page document addressed to the president, the Chief of Staff, and the police, the renowned surgeon mentioned some individuals he claims frustrated his effort and the committee he chaired from addressing the illegal mining menace.
He revealed that “There are appointees in the Jubilee House that are doing or supporting illegal mining or interfering with the fight against the menace.” Prof. Frimpong-Boateng also accused a former NPP MP in the Ashanti Region of selling illegally acquired concessions at GH¢200,000 each.
He noted that this infuriated the party in the constituency, so during the 2020 primaries to select a candidate, the electorate voted against the sitting MP, who was more resourced than other candidates. Although there were allegations that he ‘camped’ delegates and attempted to bribe them, he lost to a lesser-known individual who did not have any financial muscle.
The former Minister earlier insisted that the allegations of some 500 missing excavators from illegal miners in 2020 were fabrications of persons in the government to get him out of the way. He stressed that these individuals supervised his ousting from the Ministry in order to continue perpetuating the illegal mining canker.
Following the revelation, there were calls from a cross-section of Ghanaians for state security agencies to investigate the matter. On the back of this, the President asked the Ghana Police Service to probe the issue. The former Minister has, therefore, written to the Presidency, naming the specific individuals he referred to in his claim. title

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