A Ghanaian citizen, Arnold Agbodo has dragged the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Frimpong Boateng before the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) alleging that Prof. Frimpong Boateng was arbitrarily taking over mining concessions from their licensed owners.
The petitioner in his petition said the minister was depriving the state of revenue because of the non-payment of fees due the state.
He went further to say Prof. Frimpong Boateng was costing the state $250,000 in mineral rights fees because he failed to relinquish three concessions.
In his petition, he also said there was a clear conflict of interest in violation of Article 284 of the 1992 constitution.
“Every mining company is required to be licensed by the EPA. The EPA is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Prof, Frimpong Boateng is the Minister in charge f this Ministry. Consequently, he will ultimately be issuing an environmental permit for mineral exploration to his own company, symphony limited.”
According to the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Agbodo maintains that “the whole scenario appears clearly orchestrated in a manner quite similar to a musical symphony… it gives every appearance of premeditation in his choice of the portfolio.”
He further alleged that the Prof. Frimpong Boateng of steering the anti-illegal mining taskforces away from his mining concessions.