The high-level spirited defence that the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, mounted for his son, Jojo Frimpong-Boateng, whose name popped up as engaging in illegal mining has crumbled.
The minister has been caught in the falsehood trap, as the son, who he claimed was not into anything mining, has been fingered in moves to regularize his activities by registering under the Community Mining Programme at the Obuasi Municipality.
The Mining Community Programme was designed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to regularize and regulate the activities of illegal miners.
Jojo Frimpong-Boateng started the process to regulate and regularize his activities on February 14, this year at Obuasi, where illegal mining is very rampant.
Per what The Inquisitor has, Jojo Frimpong-Boateng is very common in the Obuasi area and is well known within the illegal mining community.
Professor Frimpong-Boateng, in rigorously defending his son at the precincts of Ghana’s Parliament House during President Akufo-Addo’s State Of The Nation Address (SONA), said that his son, Jojo Frimpong- Boateng, was not involved in anything mining and the world will get to know very soon.
Jojo Frimpong-Boateng’s name popped up in the illegal mining discourses when it came out that top government officials and their relatives were deeply involved in illegal mining, the very menace his father had been tasked to fight against.
The Inquisitor has gleaned documents that point to the fact that Jojo Frimpong-Boateng, just like other illegal miners, is chasing the Obuasi Municipal Community Mining to secure the needed mandate to do mining.
The development points to the fact that indeed the minister’s son was not mentioned in the illegal mining activities out of nothing.
The accusation against the minister’s son of being involved in Galamsey gained currency following the expose by the Member of Parliament for Assin North, Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, who alleged that a company belonging to the son of Prof. Frimpong- Boateng was also into illegal mining.
How Jojo Frimpong-Boateng’s Name Came Up
A company linked to the son of Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Jojo Frimpong-Boateng called Symphony Limited, said to be involved in the Galamsey at a time his father pretended to be fighting the menace.
This disclosure was made by Kennedy Agyapong, New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central.
It has been alleged that Jojo Frimpong-Boateng, through Ekow Ewusi, took custody of a number of seized excavators to use for his own mining activities at a time his father was said to be looking for the missing excavators.
“How can you seize people’s excavators for illegal mining and turn around to give it your son for his mining activities?” Kennedy Agyapong quizzed.
At the time he was doing this, Jojo’s father, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, pretended he didn’t know the where about of the excavators to appear clean in the eyes of the public.
In a letter dated February 5, 2020, bearing his signature and addressed to the Director-General of the CID, Prof Frimpong-Boateng stated: “In October last year, one Mr. Seth Mantey, a journalist working with Peace FM, was apprehended because of unlawful excavator sales. In the course of the investigations, Mr Mantey, confessed that he was contracted by Mr. John Ofori-Atta, the then-National Security Coordinator for the Central Region, and Mr. Ekow Ewusi, to use his bank account at the National Investment Bank for what, effectively, was money laundering.
“The proceeds from the excavator sales were lodged in Seth Mantey’s bank account, adding “The sums of money lodged were later cashed and given to Mr John Ofori-Atta, who, in turn, gave some of the money to Ekow Ewusi”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, who is also the chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), further revealed that “Seth Mantey’s statement and a statement from the National Investment Bank, are attached to this letter”, and asked, “I wish to appeal to the police authorities to investigate the matter”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng has so far remained silent on the galamsey activities involving his own son.