Tuesday, 18 June

W/R: Akonta Mining sued for 'alleged' illegal mining

Officlals of the Forestry Commission doing an inspection a degraded forest

Some opinion leaders at Anakum in the Western Region together with some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have sued the Akonta Mining Company Limited at the Tarkwa High Court over illegal mining activities in the Semire area. 

The Anakum stool land shares boundaries with Akyekyre, Samreboi Amuni and Asankragwa in the region.

The plaintiffs are Abusuapanin Yaw Tikwa and Aberewatia Abena Anaah both from the palace of Anakum. Others are Eco-Conscious Citizens, and A Rocha Ghana. 

The respondents are the Minerals Commission and the Akonta Mining Company Limited belonging to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party. 

According to the plaintiffs, the activities of Akonta Mining in the Semire environment have caused extensive damage to farms, water bodies, and forests to the extent of having a direct adverse effect on the livelihood and survival of the people. 

The plaintiffs noted that they have, in collaboration with several public-spirited persons, protested to halt the illegal activities on the concession within the Semire area but they have been rebuffed repeatedly by the two respondents.

The court summons avers that the havoc that the activities of Akonta Mining have caused to lives, lands, and properties is immense and can only be calculated by an order of the court against the respondents to do so and pay for same.

Source: Classfmonline.com/cecil Mensah