Court restraints STMA, Land Commission …From developing Casuarina belt in Takoradi
Date published: September 19, 2012
From Alfred Adams, Takoradi
A Sekondi High Court, presided over by Justice Nicholas Agbevor has granted an interlocutory injunction, filled by Ekow Amua Sekyi, on behalf of plaintiff Takoradi Flour Mills, restraining the Lands Commission, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and their agents from developing or constructing the plots of land in front of Plot Number 9, off Cape Coast road and popularly known as Casuarina belt.
The court has adjourned the case to the 22nd of October, 2012. An attempt by another company, Mantrac Ghana Limited to also restrain Mechanical Lloyd company, which is developing the land in question as first defendants, from constructing and developing plot 7 off the same Casuarina belt, suffered a setback.
The plaintiff, Mantrac Ghana Limited, was instead restrained by another Sekondi High Court, presided over by Justice George Buadi from interfering with defendants’ company (Mechanical Lloyd) in developing and construction of plot Number 7 of the same Casuarina belt.
The judge also ordered the plaintiff company to de-electrify the barbed wire used as fence wall by Mantrac, in respect of the said plot which in effect obstructs and affects Mechanical Lloyd’s right to develop the plot in question.
It would be recalled that the sale of the Casuarina belt attracted a stiff opposition from indigenes of Sekondi-Takoradi, particularly elected Assembly members, who questioned the transparency in the sale of the land in question to Mechanical Lloyd.
The elected Assembly members moved for a resolution during one of the Assembly’s meeting to reverse the sale of the land in question, but it never materialized.
Then came the concerned citizens of Takoradi, who petitioned the Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo to use his good office to stop the sale of the land in question.
The leader of the Concerned group, Mr. Francis Eghan, popularly known as ‘Abatan’, circulated several petitions to the Ministry of Lands, including the Lands Commission, to reverse the sale of the land or meet the wrath of the indigenes. But all these interventions aimed at reversing the sale of the land in question did not materialize.
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