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Former Minister Names MPs and Officials Involved in Illegal Small-Scale Mining in Ghana

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Former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has accused government officials and Members of Parliament (MPs) of engaging in illegal small-scale mining, also known as galamsey, in Ghana.

In a 36-page report addressed to the Chief of Staff and the Ghana Police Service, Prof Frimpong Boateng implicated former MP for Manso Nkwanta, Joseph Albert Quarm, director of operations at the presidency, Laud Commey, executive assistant and head of social media at the presidency, Charles Nii Teiko, and Frank Asiedu Bekoe, director of political affairs at the Office of the Chief of Staff.

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The report revealed that the former MP used his position as a member of the Minerals Commission to acquire several large-scale concessions in his district, and then sold them to private individuals for GH¢2000 per concession. Prof Frimpong Boateng stated that many party officials, from the national to the unit committee level, had their friends, agents, financiers, relatives, or personal assistants engaged in illegal mining, with many of them using Chinese nationals as workers.

The report also noted that members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were also involved in illegal small-scale mining, particularly in the Western Region. “In the Wassa East District, a former NDC Deputy Minister who is also MP for the Wassa East constituency has been actively mining in the Subri forest for years,” the report said.

Prof Frimpong Boateng emphasized that the illegal small-scale mining activities have negatively impacted the country’s environment, leading to the destruction of farmlands, water bodies and forests. The former minister has called on the government to take action against the individuals named in his report to send a strong message that such activities will not be tolerated in Ghana.

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