PETITION AGAINST PROF BOATENG: PETITONER APPEALS TO CHRAJ TO FAST TRACK PROCESS
A Ghanaian Citizen, Arnold Agbodo has expressed worry over how the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is delaying in handling the petition he filed against the Former Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, Prof Frimpong Boateng on issues of causing financial loss to the state and conflict of interest.
A letter sighted by this portal dated 6th February 2019, showed a response from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice acknowledging the receipt of the Petitioner two years ago.
However, according to Arnold Agbodo nothing has been done by the commissioner after that letter from their office.
The Petitioner has allegedly accused the defendant who was the former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, Prof Frimpong Boateng and his wife for conniving to cause financial loss to the state.
According to the petition, Prof Frimpong Boateng and his wife Agnes Frimpong Boateng were the first Directors of Symphony Limited, a limited liability Company incorporated in February 1990 with an authorized business of General Merchants, Trading as Importers and Exporters of General Goods, Manufacturers Representatives and farming.
Sometime in January 2014, Prof Frimpojng-Boateng transferred 60,000 shares representing 30% of the shareholding of the company to one Yaw Badu and Agness Frimpong –Boateng also transferred 40,000 shares to the said Yaw Badu representing 20% of the shareholding of the company, thereby making Yaw Badu the majority shareholder in the company.
The Petition further stated that Symphony Limited has persistently failed or refused to pay the state the statutory mineral fee for the concessions it holds notwithstanding several demands made to do so.
Arnold Agbodo mentioned in his [petition that Prof Frimpong Boateng and his wife after claiming to have resigned as Directors of the company, on 10TH January , 2014 later in a letter dated 20th November 2014 wrote to Minerals Commission to notify the Commission that Symphony Limited was shedding three of its five concessions.
Even though Symphony Limited has indicated that is no longer interested in three mining concessions namely Nwenem, Asiri and Gyapekrom, these areas are still held in the name of Symphony contrary to the rules governing the grant and holding of concessions in Ghana causing the state about $250,000 annually which is the estimated annual mineral right fees which would have accrued to the state.
The petitioners in an interview with this reporter appealed to the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to fast track the process so that the defendant can be brought to book when found guilty.