Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the former environment minister, said he is not upset about leaving President Akufo-Addo’s administration since he made significant sacrifices to be in it in the first place.
The well-known physician claimed that being in government was a sacrifice for the nation rather than a perk, as many people believed.
The former New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate said that he entered politics to advance the nation for both the present and the future generations, not to profit himself as some have done.
In an interview with TV3 of Accra on Sunday, October 22, the esteemed professor refuted assertions that he is hurt because he is no longer employed by the government.
“Serving in government was for me a sacrifice, I had to sacrifice a lot to serve in our government. Other people may see it as a privilege or as a means to make money, but to me, it was a big sacrifice serving in government. It is my pleasure to have been given the chance to serve this nation and I think I did my work very well.
“I do other things, I run two hospitals I have other businesses that, family things that I had to cater for. Some of these things suffered, and above all, I didn’t have much time for my grandchildren. I am not bitter, a lot came from my appointment. You will not find many ministers who achieved what I achieved within the four years that I served.”
The former minister of the environment, science, technology, and innovation accused a number of high ranking government officials on April 20 of being involved in the threat posed by illicit mining.
According to the eminent cardiac surgeon, the decay extends to the Jubilee House, the nation’s administrative center.
He emphasized that certain government officials were fabricating the claims that 500 missing excavators were taken from illegal miners in 2020 in order to push him off.
Calls for accountability from those involved in illicit mining activities as well as government authorities have increased after his announcement.
However, in April 2023, Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney General, recommended that the 36-page document headed “Report on the work of IMCIM so far and the way forward,” prepared by Prof. Frimpong Boateng, be given minimal consideration.
Mr. Dame stated that the report’s conclusions were his opinion and that further research was necessary to confirm their veracity.
Therefore, the Attorney General has requested that the police release all of the individuals listed, with the exception of those who are still being investigated.