There are some corrupt government employees in the presidency, according to Prof. Frimpong Boateng.

Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, a former environment, science, and technology minister, has disclosed that prominent New Patriotic Party (NPP) figures, including Ministers in government at the seat of government, are participating in illicit mining operations known as galamsey.

He clarified that some of the government officials in charge of overseeing his dismissal from the Ministry kept the illegal mining going.

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Prof. Frimpong Boateng claimed that the charges of 500 missing excavators from galamseyers in 2020 were fabricated by some members of the administration to get him out of the way in an interview with state broadcaster GBC.

In February 2020, it was reported that the excavators taken from illegal miners had vanished, leading to an investigation into their whereabouts.

As calls were made for the missing excavators to be located and brought to justice, those in charge of the theft of the large machinery were apprehended.

Little to nothing has been said about the situation since then.

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Earlier, an audio recording including the voices of Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng and Ekow Ewusi appeared online.

On the recording, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng can be heard allegedly giving his party members the go-ahead to participate in galamsey.

But Frimpong Boateng requested the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to probe the missing excavators.

He stated that several of the excavators that were taken from the illegal miners and stored in district assembly had vanished.

Frimpong Boateng expressed displeasure about what appeared to be a lack of discussion on the subject since 2020, saying, “Let me tell you that I did not take one excavator for anything, they know the truth. Now that things are happening, we know who is behind it, who is in the party, who is in the administration, including those at Jubilee House, who are engaging in corruption, and so on, even now.

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“Even within the party and the government, there was a well-planned strategy to remove me. Why is it that everyone is in the forest now when I left?”

The nation’s leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reaffirmed his resolve to putting an end to galamsey.

No government in Ghana’s history, according to him, has engaged in a more arduous galamsey battle than his.

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