Former Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has responded to Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah after the latter denied all claims the former Minister made in his galamsey report.
“My advice is, always remember that political power is both short-lived and effervescent. In about 2 years’ time you may no longer be in government, and you may experience the real world as former high-profile political power holders do. I will urge you to do your work diligently and avoid the coded and evil tactics Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere boastfully and unashamedly told the world on ‘Good Evening Ghana’ that you employ to deal with your real and perceived enemies,” he said in a letter to the Information Minister.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng also attached, to his statement, a video of a galamsey site with someone speaking in the background and accusing Oppong Nkrumah of owning a galamsey site.
In the report he presented to the Chief of Staff in March 2021, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng accused Oppong Nkrumah of bringing some Journalists together to scheme to bring him down while he served as Chairman of the now-dissolved Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
But Mr. Oppong Nkrumah vehemently rejected the allegations describing them as completely false adding that despite being utterly disappointed by the claims he forgives the former Minister.
“Over the years, I had nothing but great admiration for Professor Frimpong-Boateng’s public-spirited works and as an inspirational citizen. I feel gravely offended over the false claims he has made and the hurtful conclusions he has sought to exact about me precisely because of the great esteem in which I have held him.
“I trust that in the coming months and years, he will reflect deeply upon his own actions and comments which have led to his challenges. He should kindly leave me out of his personal fights. I am utterly disappointed but I forgive him.”
According to Oppong Nkrumah, the meeting Prof. Frimpong-Boateng referenced was a Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) event, jointly organised with the Bank of Ghana on financial reporting which he attended.
He insisted that the meeting was not to oust anybody from the government.
Read Prof. Frimpong-Boateng’s full letter below: