McCarthy Hill: Court orders cement factory to halt operations

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The Accra High Court has ordered the cement factory engaged in a construction activity in the Southern part of the McCarthy Hills and its environs to cease construction activities.

The court said the Empire Cement Ghana Limited should cease all its activities in connection with the construction of a cement factory until the hearing of an injunction application by the McCarthy Hill Residents Association, according to a report filed by the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

All operations in connection with the construction must cease, the court ordered on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

The court, presided over by Justice Joseph Adu Owusu Agyeman told Lawyers for the company that since they had been served with the application it would be fair to confine themselves to due process.

It said until the final determination of the pending application all activities in connection to the application must cease immediately.

An application to join the suit filed by a group claiming to be from Tetegu, a community around the McCarthy Hill area was withdrawn by them, due to what they described as certain anomalies in their application to join.

They, therefore, opted to file another application to join the suit of which the court took cost against them.

The McCarthy Hill Residents Association earlier this year (2021) raised red flags when they heard that construction taking place in the Southern part of the area was the construction of a cement factory.

Based on its implications on the environment and the health of the people living in and around the catchment area, they confronted the people behind the construction of the factory.

They then went ahead to issue a writ against the company seeking an order to restrain the company from going ahead with the construction of the factory.

In their statement of claim, the association said that the factory was being constructed by the company on the blind side of the law and that they had disobeyed various EPA orders asking them to desist from going ahead with the construction and also a direct order to the company to decommission the equipment it had mounted at the factory site.

They claimed the company had earlier misled the EPA into issuing a temporary permit to them to manufacture hundred metric tons of cement bags per month, however, upon obtaining this permit the company went ahead to install machinery to manufacture cement as evidence in their articles of incorporation.

It was based on this realisation that the association decided to go to court.

The McCarthy Hill Residents Association was represented by Lawyers, Anthony Junior and Stephen Sah whilst the company was represented by Paul U. Dery.


credit: GNA

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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