Story: Reuben Sackey
Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East region, Dr Clement Apaak has called for an immediate investigation into allegations by Prof. Frimpong Boateng, a former Minister, then head of the anti-galamsey fight, that “People in the NPP, people in gov’t and people at Jubilee House are engaged in galamsey”.
According to the Builsa South legislature, illegal mining popularly kbnown as galamsey is a crime, and therefore those involved must not go unpunished.
It be recalled that former Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng last week in an interview with Ghana Boadcasting Corporation (GBC ) disclosed that his exit from the Science and Technology Ministry was a grand scheme orchestrated by the government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Prof. Boateng intimated that the allegations of some 500 missing excavators seized from persons engaged in illegal mining activities in 2020 were untrue and made up stories by some persons in government to tarnish his reputation in order to chase him out of office.
He disclosed that there were people in government that wanted him out because of his stance on illegal mining activities in the country.
Commenting on the issue on his Twitter handle, Dr Apaak noted that Ghanaians expected the requisite state agencies/institutions (OSP, BIN, CID) to show loyalty to Ghana by initiating investigations into the allegations made by Prof. Boateng.
He said, by his stature and previous position in this NPP gov’t, these allegations could not and must not be ignored.
To this end, he called on Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs), organised labour, the clergy and all well-meaning Ghanaians to canvas for an investigation into these allegations that elements in the Presidency, gov’t and NPP are engaged in galamsey, and consequently, the pollution of our rivers and destruction of our environment.