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Frimpong-Boateng urges Oppong Nkrumah to reject Adom-Otchere’s unethical tactics

Former Environment, Science and Innovation Minister has advised his former cabinet colleague Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to be honest in his political dealings due to the temporary nature of power. Frimpong-Boateng responded to Oppong Nkrumah’s recent rebuttal of the claims he made in a report authored by Frimpong-Boateng in 2021. Frimpong-Boateng urged Oppong Nkrumah to avoid using covert and malicious tactics in his role as a minister and referred to journalist Paul Adom-Otchere, who recently defended Oppong Nkrumah against the allegations made by Frimpong-Boateng. Adom-Otchere suggested that if Oppong Nkrumah had issues with Frimpong-Boateng, he would deal with it in a covert rather than overt manner. Frimpong-Boateng’s report alleged that Oppong Nkrumah undermined him during his time as chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, which Oppong Nkrumah denied, explaining that the meeting where he was accused of organizing the media to attack the minister was a public event he was invited to by the Bank of Ghana and a private media group.


Dear Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, 

I have read your response to what I wrote about you in the report I sent to the Chief of Staff a little over two years ago. You have denied what I wrote and that is normal. Very few people in your position will own up to their wrongdoings. 

I have good advice for you, though. When I was part of the government, we were colleagues and I related to you as such. Now I will advise you as my son, just as I do my children. After all you are the same age as my 4th born son. When I returned to Ghana from Germany to start the cardiothoracic project you were just 6 years old as my 4th child. I will not lie to you or insult you or be harsh on you. 

My advice is, always remember that political power is both short-lived and effervescent. In about 2 years’ time you may no longer be in government and you may experience the real world as former high profile political powerholders do. I will urge you to do your work diligently and avoid the coded and evil tactics Mr. Paul Adom Okyere boastfully and unashamedly told the world on ‘Good Evening Ghana’ that you employ to deal with your real and perceived enemies. 

Let me touch briefly on Illegal mining. Last week someone from your constituency sent me a video recording of illegal mining activities close to your hometown. I don’t want to believe that what the person said about your role is true. The important thing is that Chinese and their Ghanaian collaborators are engaged in illegal mining at your doorstep. I encourage you to investigate it and take appropriate action. The President of the Republic assures Ghanaians again and again that he is serious with the fight against Illegal mining. 

As you well know, illegal mining does not only refer to non-possession of a concession or mining permits but also the following: 

1. Mining close to water bodies 

2. Diversion of tailings into water bodies

3. Mining in the water bodies 

4. Use of dangerous chemicals such as mercury and cyanide 

5. Engagement of foreigners in small scale mining 

6. Non-reclamation of mined out areas. 

Have a blessed day.


Prof. Dr. Med. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

Accra, 23rd April 2023

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