Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has been dragged to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for alleged abuse of office.
In a report sighted on Citinewsroom.com, one Arnold Agbodo petitioned the commission alleging that Prof. Frimpong Boateng was arbitrarily taking over mining concessions from their licensed owners.
Agbodo also alleged that Prof. Frimpong Boateng was costing the state $250,000 in mineral rights fees because he failed to relinquish three concessions.
Agbodo said the action by the minister is depriving the state of revenue since some fees due the state are not being paid.
On the issue of violation, Agbodo noted that the minister's action is a clear case of conflict of interest, because he is violating Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution.
About the abuse of office, Agbodo explained that the minister is taking up mandates that the Environmental Protection Agency should rather be doing.
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He said the development will consequently allow Prof. Frimpong Boateng to be issuing an environmental permit for mineral exploration to Symphony Limited, a company suspected to be for the minister.
Agbodo argued that the development gives every appearance of premeditation in his choice of the portfolio.
He further accused Prof. Frimpong Boateng of steering the anti-illegal mining task forces away from his mining concessions.
He, however, asked CHRAJ to ascertain from the Auditor General whether the minister declared his interest in the mining company, Symphony Limited when he declared his assets.
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