The Defendants, Ghana Australian Goldfields Ltd. somewhere in 2001 dumped rock waste on the Plaintiffs’ farms and in the process destroyed food and economic crops such as Oil Palm, Cocoa, Coconut, Cassava, Pineanapple, Cocoayam etc. The company offered some form of compensation based on the acreage system to some of the farmers.
Members of the Teberebe Concerned Farmers Association refused the compensation offered and insisted on the head count system of enumerating their crops for compensation which they consider will be fair and adequate compensation for their destroyed crops.
CEPIL on behalf of the Plaintiffs instituted this suit in the High Court, Tarkwa seeking for the payment of adequate compensation and also declarations that the Defendant’s action is in violation of the fundamental human rights of the Plaintiffs under the 1992 Constitution and International Law especially the right to prompt, fair and adequate compensation for property takings.
Center for Public Interest Law and (2) Center for Environmental Law
(1) Environmental Protection Agency,
(2) Minerals Commission,
(3) Bonte Goldmines Ltd.
Bonte Gold Mines Ltd. a Canadian owned company which has been operating in Ghana for well over 10 years closed its operations along river Bonte at Bonteso in the Ashanti Region.
It took just about one week for the company to complete its liquidation process without following the due processes for mine decommissioning, such as posting of bonds for the reclamation of lands destroyed as a result of the company’s operations.
The company also failed to give the workers notice of its intention to liquidate. The result was that the company’s workers were not paid their wages. Farmers whose lands were affected by the operations of the company also received no compensation.
The company closed down with debts of about US$18 million owed to various state institutions and private companies.
It is the view of CEPIL, that the citizens of the country are entitled to a clean healthy and well protected environment. Also the Law Enforcement Agencies should be accountable for their in action in not ensuring that Bonte Goldmine Ltd comply with the law.