The case involving mining company Takoradi Gold and the state over the renewal of the latter’s operating license took a dramatic turn this morning after the presiding judge His Worship A.A Ofori – Attah once again adjourned the case.
His Worship at the last sitting set final judgement for today.
Unfortunately, when the case was called, his Worship Ofori- Attah stated that he needed more time to study the case for him to be able to bring finality to the case.
He has therefore adjourned the case to Oct 11.
Counsel for Takoradi Gold Samuel Abogtah told our reporter Samuela Obeng in court that even though they are disappointed they respect the judge’s decision.
According to Samuela Obeng, the judge sought to extend the judgement for reasons that a party to the case had just in the past week filed a written submission to the court.
By rules of court the judge needs to take a thorough look at that submission, hence judgement could not be given to the matter, he stressed.
In a later interview CEO of Takoradi Gold Anthony David Nicol Sey described the turn of events as a big blow.
According to him they were expecting a ruling in their favor for them to commence work as almost everything is ready.
“We were quite confident we were going to win, so a lot of arrangements in terms of financing our work program is in place pending the determination so that monies could be wired for us to implement our program. We’ve spoken to our geologist and everybody is on standby”
He says work plan has to be suspended until the final determination of the case, stressing “there’s nothing the company could do now; our license is intact and that we need to strictly adhere to the work plan without any interference.”