Court Adjourns Case Between GHACEM And The Manya Krobo Traditional Council

Nene Agbaunarh III, One Of The Defendants And The Divisional Chief Of Djebiam In The Manya Krobo Traditional Area

Nene Agbaunarh III, One Of The Defendants And The Divisional Chief Of Djebiam In The Manya Krobo Traditional Area

Thursday November 6, 2014, Odumase-Krobo: A Koforidua High Court yesterday adjourned to December 2, 2014 the case involving Ghacem Limited and the Manya Krobo traditional Council.

The case was adjourned to make room for the Presiding Judge and Counsel for Ghacem (the plaintiff) to peruse the affidavit in opposition to the motion for interlocutory injunction filed by the defendants.

Other defendants in the case include Mr. E. T. Sackitey, The Coordinator of the Manya Krobo Customary Lands Secretariat; Mr. Annor Devine, Chairman of the Limestone Land Owners Association; Lawatt Queries, a Local mining firm and one Nene Okletey.

Ghacem which filed the suit on October 22, 2014 is seeking among others an injunction to restrain the Traditional Council, Mr. Sackitey, Mr. Annor and Nene Okletey from interfering with their concession and also praying the court to declare that the mining activities of Lawatt Quarries, the fifth defendant, constitute trespass its Popotia limestone concession covering an area of 93.16km2 (23, 021. 00 acres).

The legal tussle was sparked by a meeting held on September 24, 2014 attended by representatives of Ghacem, the Traditional Council and other stakeholders including the Manya Krobo Customary Lands Secretariat, The Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly and youth groups. During the said meeting, Nene AgbauNarh, then acting as the President of the Council ordered Ghacem to stop its operation in the Popotia application area as the various stakeholders still stood by their objection to the granting of that application to the plaintiff by the Mineral Commission.

While Ghacem is contending that it has secured, with the consent of the first defendant, a license to prospect for limestone in the area covering 93.16km2 (23, 021. 00 acres), the Traditional Council is however contending that the plaintiff’s operation in those areas was illegal because all stakeholders including the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly, the Traditional Council, Customary Lands Secretariat, landowners and other concerned groups objected to the issuance of reconnaissance license to Ghacem by the Minerals Commission as indicated in a letter from the Municipal Assembly dated October 15, 2010.

The council indicated that Ghacem couldn’t have secured the license without an express approval from the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly as is demanded by law. A highly placed source at the Assembly confirmed that the plaintiff was yet to receive the assembly’s approval.

Ing Philip TettehPadi, Commissioner of KlomaGbi, a Youth and Advocacy group in the municipality, said “The case would prove an interesting one; we are closely following it as youth of the area and cannot wait for the final determination of the court”.

It would be recalled, ten years ago, Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor commissioned the Quarry at Odugblase which paved way for the commencement of limestone mining activities in the area.

About KlomaGbi
KlomaGbi is a youth-driven association established on the conviction of the need for a more effective and active voice for the Krobo state. The association exists to rally progress-minded youth of Krobo ancestry, leverage their expertise, vitality and sense of patriotism to promote the welfare of the people and the Krobo state on issues of education, development and general welfare. With an initial presence on social networks since 2010, the association transformed into a formidable group of learned, like-minded and farsighted young men and women.

A rapidly growing association, KlomaGbi seeks to be precisely what its name offers- being the most effective, recognized, vocal and representative voice for the Krobo community, working in close partnership with the local & traditional authorities, voluntary, public and private sector organisations and residents in the best interest of the Krobo state.


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