CEPIL with funding support from Oxfam and OSIWA provided court room representation to extractive communities and won a number of cases. Examples include Nana Kofi Karikari and 44 other vrs. Anglogold Ashanti (Suit No. Ls34/97); CEPIL and Anor vrs. Environmental Protection Agency (Suit No. AP6/05a (EN) 1/2005); and Emelia Amoateng vrs. Ghana Australian Goldfields Ltd (Suit No. E 12/7/05). CEPIL also successfully negotiated settled cases for some communities. Examples include Clement Baffour vrs. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Obuasi Mine (Suit No. BC/260/11); Nana Molobah Nyamikeh vrs. Goldfields Ghana Ltd (Suit No. C821/02) etc.
Workshop on “Empowering Women and Disadvantaged Groups in Mining Communities to Stand for their Rights”
In 2017, CEPIL with funding support from Oxfam conducted women leadership empowerment training for women leadership drawn from the mining and other extractive communities. Women were trained on their socio-economic rights to demand protection form extractive sector companies.
Workshop on “Ensuring and Enhancing Compliance with Oil and Gas Laws and Policies”
CEPIL with funding support from STAR Ghana successfully reviewed the 2013 and 2014 budgets to ensure compliance with oil and gas law. CEPIL in its two review reports identified acts of non-compliance with provisions of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act which was brought to the notice of the government. As a result, Government took the following measures to address the identified acts of non-compliance:
- An independent certifier was appointed in 2013 to verify benchmark revenue for the 2014 Budget Statement. Government now appoints an independent certifier to verify the benchmark revenue for each year. In 2014, the Ministry of Finance advertised for appointment of consultant to serve as an independent certifier to verify the benchmark revenue for the 2015 budget statement.
- Ghana Revenue Authority indicated they are making efforts to recover capital gains tax from two oil companies namely Kosmos and Sabre Oil which was one of the issues raised in CEPIL’s review report. Similarly eight new oil contracts that were recently signed and ratified by Parliament included provision on capital gain tax. Also, the Government of Ghana has now included a provision on capital gain tax in Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Bill now before parliament. Download full document...