The former Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, says he resisted the temptation to tender his resignation letter to control the situation despite his colleague ministers not collaborating.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng says had he walked off from his position the narration would have been worse.
“I had to stay hold on because it could have been very bad to just throw in the trowel and say ‘oh now…’”
“Imagine what would have happened in this country?” he quizzed.
According to him, his colleague ministers’ non-compliance had nothing to do with his ‘I’m always right’ leadership style.
The renowned professor served under President Akufo-Addo during his first term as the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation and also the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
In a bombshell report dated March 19, 2021, Frimpong-Boateng cites Mr Oppong Nkrumah as one of the ministers who abandoned the IMCIM despite being a member.
“It must be noted that Mr Oppong Nkrumah, as Minister for Information, was a member of the IMCIM and he never called me to find out what I knew about ‘missing excavators’ but he found it worthwhile to magnify it in press and also present the falsehood before Cabinet for reasons best known to him and his co-conspirators.
“If Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the likes of him have presidential ambitions, they should pursue it on merit and not attempt to destroy a hard working patriot, whose only ambition is work to achieve a Ghana Beyond Aid,” he said in the report.