Former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has spoken out in defense of his son’s ownership of mining concessions in Ghana. Jojo Frimpong-Boateng has faced criticism and accusations of illegality, but his father insists that he has done nothing wrong.
In an interview on GTV, Prof Frimpong-Boateng explained that his son used appropriate methods for the preparatory work on his mines, and only began mining after receiving permission from the state. He also denied any wrongdoing in the registration of Jojo Frimpong-Boateng’s mining company.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng clarified that his son did exemplary work in his mining activities, conducting proper reconnaissance and prospecting without damaging the environment. He emphasized that this is the correct way to conduct mining operations, as opposed to the destructive methods used by illegal small-scale mining, also known as galamsey.
The former minister has faced criticism from some who accuse him of hypocrisy, given his recent report on illegal small-scale mining in Ghana which implicated government officials. However, Prof Frimpong-Boateng maintains that neither he nor his son have engaged in illegal mining activities.