Ada Sea Defence Project Court orders arrest of Water Resources Minister

Justice Patrick Baayeh issued a warrant for the Minister's arrest and to cause him to appear in court on April 15, after failing to come before it for five times.

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A high court in the Volta regional capital, Ho, has ordered the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, to arrest the Minister of Water Resources, Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, for failing to appear before the court several times.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Patrick Baayeh issued a warrant for the Minister's arrest and to cause him to appear in court on April 15, after failing to come before it for five times, has said.

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The court order is based on a suit filed against the Minister by two private citizens, Zikpuitor Fenu Benjamin Atsu and Marshall Koblah Fenu.

According to the plaintiffs, the Minister and the Director of the Water Resources Ministry, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, as well as, Director of Hydrological Services, Mr Owusu Ansah, who were acting as supervisors of the Ada Sea Defence Project caused destruction of their land and property.

The plaintiffs also argue that the contractor, Dredging International Company from Netherlands, has also destroyed the environment.

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The Ada Sea Defence Project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, seeks to provide a system for the coastline to have a buffer against attacks by the ocean waves.

The coastline was said to be disappearing at a rate of between 6-8 metres a year, creating a serious threat to the lives of the inhabitants.

With the new project, government  is expected to reclaim 14.7 km stretch of coastal bed  lost along the Atlantic Ocean in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region.

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