Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a former minister of environment, science, technology, and innovation, has advised those in positions of authority to exercise prudence when acting, especially if it is not in the best interests of the nation.
Prof. Frimpong Boateng, who was detained by the Office of the Special Prosecutor over some costs and freed on a GHS 2 million bail, said on JoyNews that people in power today will also be held accountable for the roles they are currently playing.
“These are monies belonging to the people, and so we should all account for our stewardship. If I have done anything wrong, I’ll go before the court and answer questions. This should apply to everyone,” Prof Frimpong-Boateng said.
“Those who are in charge now should also know that at some point they will be at the other end. If you are on one side of the table, at another point in time you may be at the other end, and you will also be receiving questions. So whatever you are doing, we should be clever that you are doing everything in the interstate of Ghana.”
According to Prof. Frimpong Boateng, Ghana would be far ahead of where it is now if individuals worked for the good of the country without any self-interest.
His remarks follow an invitation to the Special Prosecutor’s Office that later led to his arrest, for which he was given a GHS 2 million bond.
This came when Prof. Boateng’s 36-page letter to the president, the chief of staff, and the police, in which he named senior officials who were allegedly engaged in illegal mining, was made public.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng was invited by the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) due to allegations of corruption in the operations of the now-defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
But speaking on JoyNews, Prof Frimpong-Boateng insisted he did no wrong while chairing the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“This country would not be the way it is today if 0.001% of individuals behaved like I have. I added structures and systems to Korle Bu with internally generated funds, altered how the Ghana Red Cross operates, and as a minister, I introduced a lot of things that, if they had been carried out, would have resulted in significant changes in this nation, he said.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng continued by stating that he has always worked for the good of the nation and has never considered profiting from it.
“If I were a thief, I would be among the very wealthy in this nation. We wouldn’t be where we are right now if we all had Ghana in mind and this nation’s best interests at heart, Prof Frimpong-Boateng stated.