In a rather inexplicable turn of event, Professor Frimpong Boateng who has been fingered for engaging in illegal mining in Ghana has bragged to the media that Ghana’s fight against illegal mining was so sterling that other countries in Africa were coming to understudy Ghana.
“…we have done very well, and if you look at the evidence, we’ve done much better than most people will recognise, to the extent that other African countries are coming to learn from our experience,” he told a group of journalists on the sidelines of the just concluded State of the Nation’s Address (SONA) by President Akufo Addo.
Prof. Boateng is the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) set up by the Presidency to fight illegal mining in the country, However, evidence, including a secret tape recording have shown that he was neck-deep in the illegal mining (Galamsey) business.
His son, Jojo Boateng, is reportedly operating an illegal mine in a forest reserve.
The IMCIM was also recently exposed when it turned out that over 500 mining excavators seized from other illegal miners were diverted by the IMCIM and distributed to government appointees and executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for their own galamsey operations.
In the video, Professor Boateng was heard confirming that these illegal mining operations that have destroyed several rivers in Ghana, was done to remit funds into the coffers of the ruling party.
The embattled Prof. Boateng was also heard in the video engaged in heated argument with Horace Ekow Ewusi, the ruling party’s Vice Chairman in the Central Region, over monies the IMCIM chairman allegedly pocketed.
The money was reportedly delivered to the Professor by an agent simply called “Shark”.
“Shark said the work he did [illegal mining], he brought all the money to you. Shark told me that they had worked and realised around 3 kilogrammes [of Gold]. That time you had travelled, so I told him to wait till you returned. While I was in the hospital, he [Shark] called to inform me that you [Prof. Frimpong Boateng] called him to bring the money, he said he did,” Horace Ewusi quizzed the perplexed Prof. Frimpong.
Horace Ewusi also threatened the IMCIM Chairman that he has evidence on his mobile phone of his son, Joojo Frimpong-Boateng, seriously engaged in galamsey mining. Whatsup News has spotted some of the pictures of Joojo posing at an illegal mining site believed to have been gifted to him by his father who was ironically charged to combat illegal mining.
Mid-last year, Charles Cromwell Bissue, the Secretary of the IMCIM was busted by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas for facilitating Galamsey operations.
It is unclear why Prof. Boateng is insisting that the galamsey fight is a subject of awe for other African countries when civil society groups, government officials, members of the ruling party and the general public have concluded that the fight has been a complete failure.