The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has corroborated the Tuesday’s edition of The Hawk Newspaper’ publication captioned ‘MISSING EXCAVATORS FOUND AT ADENTAN.
The revered Cardiologist made the disclosure on Tuesday when he granted an exclusive interview with Ghanaweb.Com..
Frimpong Boateng submitted that one Ekow Ewusi was introduced to him (Frimpong Boateng) as an Auctioneer with depots scattered in Indrustrial Area, Abelemkpe and Oyarifa, all in Accra.
He explained that impounded excavators from galamsey operators was a major issue since they did not have a central area to keep them.
Explaining how they procured the services of Mr. Ewusi, he argued further, that there was the need to keep the confiscated machines at a centralized location in Accra whence the resolve of the anti-galamsey Secretariat to employ the services of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Vice Chairman of the Central region.
According him, Ekow Ewusi’s engagement with the IMCIM ended after they (IMCIM) were bailed by the Aviation Ministry. He noted that the ministry gave his outfit a centralized depot where they could keep the confiscated excavators.
But clarified that Mr. Ewusi was not working in any capacity with Operation Vanguard as was being speculated.
“…he was introduced to the IMCIM Secretariat by Mr. Charles Bissue, the secretary as an auctioneer who has three depots in the Industrial Area in Accra, Abelemkpe and Oyarifa.
“Initially, it was a big problem, the excavators were impounded and had to be brought to Accra and kept safely so we were using these three areas.
“We’ve now found an area; we’ve been given a central depot by the ministry of Aviation.
“So, we have carted the excavators to that central point. So, we no longer need the depots of Ekow Ewusi and so our relationship with him terminated at that point,” he said.
We are The Hawk reported that our investigation revealed that the seized excavators that had been declared missing by Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng were found parked and abandoned on a piece of land owned by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority off Adenta -Botwe road.
For Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, though the excavators were seized and taken to the district assemblies, the heavy-duty machines disappeared later from the premises of the assemblies.
For us at The Hawk, what is outstanding is the confiscated gold, diamond, pick-ups and trucks during the stop galamsey operation.
We reported that the machines were earlier parked at Abelemkpe and later evacuated to Adentan all in the Greater Accra Region.
What is strange, is the good old Professor’s desire to peddle untruth about the whereabouts of the excavators when he first spoke to the press.
What was Professor Frimpong Boateng thinking when he said the machines cannot be traced when he knew that the machines were kept at Adentan?