Local mining company, Exton Cubic Group Limited has filed a suit against Lands and Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu over a revocation of the firm’s mining leases.
The Minister, John Peter Amewu revoked the company’s leases and licenses to prospect for bauxite at the Tano-Offin Forest Reserve a few months ago.
But Exton Cubic, in a writ filed at the High court is seeking to reverse the government’s decision, and argued that the Minister’s decision was unreasonable, unjust, and an abuse of his powers.
Although Mr. Amewu had maintained that, the mining company’s processes in acquiring the lease were questionable, Exton Cubic earlier had threatened to use available legal means to overturn revocation of its license and leases.
Exton Cubic wants the court to declare that “the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources acted ultra vires” as far as his “statutory powers” are concerned, “when he revoked Exton Cubic Group Limited mining leases.”
The company also said the Minister’s revocation of its lease amounts to a “breach of the rules of natural Justice”, as well as a breach of the company’s “rights to administrative justice and property.”
Exton Cubic also wants the court set the Minister’s decision aside in addition to an order of injunction restricting Mr Amewu or his agents from interfering with Exton Cubic’s rights acquired.
The company also wants to protect its rights to the concession, and, thus seeking an order of injunction preventing the Ministry “from granting the rights acquired by Exton Cubic Group to any other person.”