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Atuabo land doesn’t belong to Ghana Gas – Chiefs insist

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The chiefs and people of Atuabo and Anorchie communities are insisting that the land on which the Ghana Gas Company infrastructure is situated does not belong to the company.

The chiefs have accused the company of failing to undergo due process in the acquisition  of the land.

They also claimed they had only been presented with a few bottles of schnapps by the company so far, adding that efforts to get them to complete the compensation process had proved futile.

They are therefore demanding that the company immediately legalize its ownership.

But the spokesperson for the Ghana Gas company Alfred Ogbamey in an interview with Citi News, dismissed the allegations saying they followed the right processes to acquire the land.

Reacting to Alfred Ogbamey’s assertion, Tufuhene of Anorchie, Awonye Robert Mensah asked the company to provide evidence to prove the company followed the due procedure.

 

He insisted that the agreement concerning the land had not been done yet since the company does not have documents to prove ownership of the land. “We know it and everybody knows it and if he[Alfred Ogbamey] alone is claiming that agreement concerning the land has been done, it is not true.

If that agreement has been done, why is that the case has been sent to Court and injunction has been put on them?,”Awonye Robert Mensah asked.

He also denied receiving any form of payment from Ghana Gas.

By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2014. 1 Comment

Court vacates injunction on Ghana Gas Company

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The Sekondi High Court last Thursday overturned its earlier ruling that restrained the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) and four others from carrying on any activity on the land on which the company operates until Ghana Gas regularises its occupation with the Eastern Nzema Traditional Council.

That was after the court had upheld an application for a variation of its decision filed by Ghana Gas.

The court, presided over by Mr Justice Kofi Akrowia had, on Monday, June 9, 2014, restrained the defendants from carrying on work at the project site for a period of 14 days, within which Ghana Gas was to contact the chiefs and the people of the traditional area to regularise its stay on the land.

The other defendants in the substantive case are SINOPEC, the Chinese construction firm working on the Atuabo Gas Project, Quantum Terminals Limited, the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) and Ernest Nunoo, owner of the Ernest Seafront Hotel.

Initial action                           

The court imposed the injunction, following an application filed by the Omanhene of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli III.

The judge had, in its earlier ruling, said should the defendants fail to take advantage of that leeway offered by the court, the injunction would then become permanent.

Affidavit

Awulae Kpanyinli had argued in his affidavit in support of the suit that none of the defendants had lawfully acquired the land from the traditional authority, adding that Ghana Gas initially approached the council and presented drinks indicating its preparedness to acquire the land.

The affidavit said regrettably, the company never legally acquired the land and, in spite of various protests and petitions, it continued with the project.

Case for Ghana Gas

Arguing the case for Ghana Gas, its counsel, Mr Enoch Larbi-Aboagye, said prior to the commencement of the construction of the gas processing plant, the company had, together with officials of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, approached the plaintiff and indicated the intention of the Government of Ghana, through the company, to site the plant, which formed part of the Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project, at Atuabo.

According to Mr Larbi-Aboagye, the company told the plaintiff and other chiefs in the area that due to the urgency of the Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project and the fact that the acquisition process could delay the commencement of construction activities, the company wanted to commence activities while the acquisition processes were also pursued.

He said the plaintiff agreed to the proposal and he was subsequently introduced to SINOPEC, the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor for the gas infrastructure project.

Counsel, therefore, prayed for the order to be lifted, saying that its pendency would lead to great hardship on the company, as the human and material resources mobilised to the project site at great cost would remain idle and unutilised.

According to him, it would cost the company US$1,217,505 in labour for each day and US$17,045,070 for the 14 days that the expatriate workers would remain idle as a result of the restraining order, adding that the order would result in delay of the supply of gas to the Volta River Authority for the generation of thermal power.

The plaintiff and his lawyers were not present in court, despite having been served notice of the action.

Ghana Gas

Ghana Gas is a midstream gas business company incorporated in July 2011 with the responsibility to build, own and operate infrastructure required for the gathering, processing, transporting and marketing of natural gas resources in the country.

Source: Daily Graphic
Date: 20-06-2014 Time: 04:06:08:am

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2014. 2 Comments

Nzema East Omanhene vexed as Ghana gas defies high court order

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The Ghana Gas Company has defied a restraining order by the Sekondi High Court in the Western region barring it from carrying on with any activity on the land on which they operate. Last week, the court slapped an interlocutory order giving Ghana Gas 14 days to regularize their occupation of the land. The application for injunction was filed by Omanhene of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli III. He told Joy News that even before the 14 days injunction expires, the company has been working on the project site. He claimed the company has failed to pay “a penny” to the traditional area and therefore thinks it is in the best interest of the people of Nzema for the gas “construction to be delayed”. He told Joy News’ correspondent Kwaku Owusu Peprah “we have not been respected for being a good host”. He said even though they have written to the Ghana Gas Company through their lawyers, nothing positive has come up and therefore feel they have been taken advantage of. “I feel very sad that we are at this point,” he admitted, adding Ghanaians, including his subjects, are also enduring the brunt of the energy crisis.

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Gas Project Halted By Court Injunction

The leadership of three communities where the Gas plant is located on Tuesday threw their weight behind Awulae Panyinle Amihere, Omanhene of Eastern Nzema for placing a court injunction on the construction of the plant.

The plant is situated at Atuabo in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region.

The leaders said the management of the company is taking them for a ride by failing to come to proper negotiations terms on the acreage of land acquired for the project.

Spokespersons Awonyi Mensah Robert, Tufuhene of Anokye and Nana Bonsah 111, Obaahema of Atuabo said at news conference that since Dr George Sipa Yankey, Chief Executive of the Gas Company visited the traditional council with bottles of Schnapps to ask for land two years ago; little had been done and achieved in terms of negotiations and documentation on the many acreage of land lease out for the project.

The Tufuhene said described the action of the company as disgusting and lack of respect for the people and leadership of the three communities and the traditional council as a whole.

He said many attempts by the traditional authority to get the leadership of the company into negotiations had failed adding, “We have called about four to five meetings and the management of Ghana Gas had failed to attend any.”

The community leadership also wants to know from the management of the company future development plans, issues of environmental safety, and where to turn to in case of emergency.

Awonyi Robert complained that the company had sidelined the indigenes the area of employment adding that even drivers are employed from out of the communities.

The Atuabo gas project when completed could solve half of Ghana’s energy crisis since the Aboadze Thermal Plant would feed on it for additional power generation.

SOURCE: GNA

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This entry was posted on June 17, 2014. 1 Comment