According to John Jinapor, the reports from Frimpong-Boateng indicate that the “commitment to fight galamsey is not there, it is just mere talk, it is rhetoric and that this government is not showing the capacity, the desire, the willingness and the seriousness to tackle it.”
The former Environment Minister Prof. Frimpong Boateng has claimed that top authorities have engaged in unlawful mining, and the ranking Member of Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee has said he will not accept that claim as true.
He claims that when Parliament reconvenes, the minority in the house would intensify its efforts to resolve the matter.
He claimed that this was due to the grave nature of the allegations made by the head of the President Akufo-Addo established Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
“We cannot permit this degree of impunity, this level of blatant contempt for our national laws to continue,” he continued.
“This is unfortunate and any attempt to sweep it under the carpet will not wash. This is a very serious matter, it tells you why we are failing as a country to build limit limits..,” he said in an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com.
He made this remark after former environment minister Prof. Frimpong Boateng named officials who thwarted his efforts to combat what is known as “galamsey” in the country.
In the recently released 2021 report to the President, Prof. Boateng accuses a number of key government figures of actively participating in unlawful mining.
He claims that the threat posed by “galamsey” extends as far as Jubilee House, the seat of government.
In response to the information in the report, Mr. Jinapor stated he was not shocked by the specifics.
The President’s announcement to put his presidency on the line, he said, was not made in good faith, as he knew from information.
Yet, he voiced his shock at the severity of the decay and the amount of the presidency’s complicity.
What are you going to tell the typical Ghanaian about high government officials getting involved in this galamsey epidemic, he questioned.