Closure Of Adomi Bridge To Suffer Delay …As Family & Paramountcy Battle Over Quarry
A family at Odumase Krobo in the Lower Manya District of the Eastern Region, and the Konor of Manya Krobo, Nene Sackite II are embroiled in a dispute over the quarrying of gravels to construct a pontoon base at Senchi in the Asuogyaman District.
The dispute, according to sources close to the contractor, USSUYA Ghana Limited, would have a negative effect on the project and delay its execution.
Meanwhile, the Circuit Court at Krobo Odumase has slapped an injunction on the contractor, following an exparte motion filed by D.K. Nyanudor, esq, lawyer for Reuben Tetteh Ngor, head of the Terkper Wayo family of Nuaso, a suburb of Odumase Krobo.
In spite of the looming danger of the court order, USSUYA Ghana Limited says it would listen to only the Konor of Manya Krobo, who allowed them to excavate gravel from the ground to build the two-kilometre road.
The Chronicle gathered that following government’s plan to close down and rehabilitate the Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku, and the subsequent construction of pontoon crossing nearby, USSUYA Ghana Limited was awarded the contract to gravel the link road to the bank of the River Volta at Senchi.
There was, therefore, the need to look for quality gravel for the project, which material was located at the base of Mountain Yogaga, near Kpong.
USSUYA Ghana Limited was led to the Queenmother of Kpong, Manye Maku, by a certain James Cobblah, an agent of the contractor, who, in turn, sent them to Nene Sackite, the Paramount Chief.
According to Manye Maku, she was made the caretaker of lands belonging to Manya Krobo in the Kpong area by the Paramount Chief, and that informed her decision to direct the delegation to the paramountcy.
She went on to say that after performing the necessary customary rites at the palace, the Konor allowed the contractor the right of way to the quarry site, to commenced excavation. Investigations revealed that in early September 2013, a mob attacked workers of the contractor at the site, claiming ownership of the tract of land on which the gravel was being excavated, resulting in the police coming in to uphold peace.
Nene Sackite, the Queenmother further stated, gave an order for the contractor to continue to mine gravel from the area, because the place was stool land, and as such, belonged to the paramountcy.
According to her, per an Executive Instrument (EI) of 1960-61, the said tract of land falls within what is called the Yogaga Forest Reserve, and that no individual or family had the right to claim ownership.
She again said that in the olden days, only Krobo natives were permitted to enter the said forest reserve to fetch fallen fire wood, since the place also served as the sacred place of a particular shrine.
The leader of the Terkper Wayo family of Nuaso, Michael Teye Narh, on his part, said the claim by the paramountcy that the tract of land belonged to the stool was false, and according to him, Krobos had no stool lands, rather clans or family lands.
According to him, his family went to court for justice, and would continue to pursue it, but if the the contractor decided to ignore the injunction order and go ahead to work, they would advise themselves.
The Odumase Krobo Circuit Court, on September 25, 2013, granted an application for an interlocutory injunction filed by lawyer D.K. Nyanudor to restrain the company from degrading and destroying crops and the lands at Kpong.
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