Quash ruling in favour of Exton Cubic —Govt to Supreme Court

Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General

The Attorney General has filed a writ asking the Supreme Court to quash a decision by the High Court in favour of Exton Cubic mining company and the state.

The writ filed ex-parte by the Deputy Attorney General Godfred Dame, said the ruling by High Court Judge, Ackaah Boafo, in the Exton Cubic case could undermine efficient administration of justice.

Justice Boafo in his February 8 ruling early this year stated the Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu had no power to revoke the mining licenses granted to Exton Cubic to prospect for bauxite.

He also ruled the company breached several processes in its acquisition of a mining license, a situation that makes it impossible for Exton Cubic to be deemed to have a “mining right as required by law.”

Even though Godfred Dame believes the ruling is partly in the interest of government, he was quick to add that the judge went beyond his original jurisdiction.

He is, therefore, praying the Supreme Court intervenes and reject the ruling by Justice Ackaah Boafo.

In his statement of case, a copy of which has been intercepted by Joy News, Godfred Dame insists the High Court judge lacked jurisdiction to enforce or protect a right which Exton Cubic did not have.

He said the wrongful assumption of jurisdiction of the court by the judge is also in violation of Act 703.

Clause 5 of the Act (703) states “Subject to subsections (4) and (5), the Minister on behalf of the President and on the recommendation of the Commission may negotiate, grant, revoke, suspend or renew mineral rights in accordance with this Act.” myjoyonline.com



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