A Former Member of Parliament for Manso Nkwanta and a board Member on the Minerals Commission, Mr. Joseph Albert Quarm, has refuted allegations made by former Environment Minister, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, of his involvement in illegal small-scale mining.
He dismissed Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s 36-page report as hearsay and challenged him to provide evidence to support his claims.
Mr Quarm stated that if Prof Frimpong-Boateng fails to produce evidence, he should retract his statements and issue an apology for defamation.
“He’s working with hearsay because if I’m talking, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng will not say what he’s saying. He said I have several dozens of high scale concessions.”
He dared Prof. Frimpong-Boateng to provide evidence to back his allegations.
He added that if the former minister is unable to produce proof he has to retract and apologise.
“He has to provide a document that proves where my concessions that I got from my time at Minerals Commission are. If he is unable to provide evidence I will be disappointed. He must retract and apologise. I’ve never applied for any concession in my life,” he said on Accra-based Neat FM.
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The report accused some NPP officials of hindering Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s efforts to combat galamsey and was addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Chief of Staff.
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