Former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng has reiterated his issues concerning the impression of unlawful small-scale mining (Galamsey) on the setting.
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Highlighting the impression of the illicit mining practices on the setting, he mentioned the destruction that’s carried out to the forest means the pharmacies, particularly the natural ones, are collapsing as a result of the vegetation they should put together their medicine are being destroyed.
Speaking at a public discussion board in Accra on Monday, November 4 he mentioned “Galamsey is destroying our forest, destroying our lands and our pharmacies.”
Earlier, Prof Frimpong-Boateng indicated he thought he had the backing of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo within the struggle towards galamsey however he realized he was unsuitable in having that impression.
He believed that the president didn’t imply it when he mentioned he was placing his presidency on the road to cease galamsney.
Prof Frimpong Boateng indicated that the present New Patriotic Party (NPP) will not be the identical as he knew it years in the past underneath the Kufuor administration.
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Asked why he made that time whereas talking in an interview with TV3’s Kemmini Amanor on the Hot Issue on Sunday, October 22, he mentioned “You will find people who have no elected or appointed positions in the party or in government and they appear to wield so much power that they do what they like and party people, and government people are afraid of them, and so on. That is an unhealthy development in the party and in an NPP government.”
When you mentioned the president has modified, what did you imply by that? he was requested once more.
In reply, he mentioned “dynamic, and when he said something he meant it, and he was approachable, he still is, but there are a lot of things that he said that are not working well as far as I am concerned. Let us take the fight against illegal mining, the president gave his his word that he was going to put his presidency on the line to stop that thing. I was very confident I had his support but later on, I got the impression that maybe I was wrong.”
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What is the distinction between the Akufo-Addo then and Now? The Akufo-Addo now stood by his phrases, he was a person of his phrases however the one we see now, is not he? Kemini requested once more.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng replied, “Not exactly because there seem to be some contradictions in some of the things that we knew but probably it is because of the complexity of governance, you may something but then when the reality dawns on you, you may have to change your position on certain issues, maybe that may have accounted for the change I am seeing.”
The Former Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), authored a 36-page doc titled “Report on the work of IMCIM so far and the way forward” which made a number of allegations of presidency officers neck deep in galamsey.
The report alleged that some authorities officers and personal residents have been concerned in galamsey.
The recommendation famous that all the people named in Prof Frimpong- Boateng’s report denied the varied allegations made towards them within the report.
According to Mr Dame, a number of makes an attempt by the Police to acquire additional info from Professor Frimpong Boateng to substantiate the allegations within the Report and to help them in conducting additional investigations proved futile.
“The Professor refused to provide any further information to the police,” the A-G mentioned.
According to the A-G, Prof Frimpong-Boateng additionally declined to provide a written assertion, claiming his Report is ‘an embodiment of his assertion’ and all the knowledge he has on the allegations” – the Chief State Attorney, Mrs. Keelson said.
The Godfred Dame additional said additional that, investigations by the Police haven’t revealed any proof in assist of the allegations.
“The allegations are therefore bare and do not provide a basis for any criminal charge against the persons cited in the Report” – the Advice said.
But Prof Frimpong-Boateng denied the Attorney-General’s declare.
He advised Kemini Amanor that “it is not true, I cooperated with the CID fully, I am not an investigative agent.”