- Dr Agyeman-Mensah has denied claims that he consistently failed to turn up in court over the motion against him
- He is wanted in a Ho High court with two other directors over a contempt case brought against them by Zikpuitor Fenu Benjamin Atsu and Marshall Koblah Fenu
- The two are claiming that the minister and the others destroyed properties during works on the Ada Sea Defence project
- The court had instructed the IGP to ensure they appear in court on April 15
- Abraham Otabil said the minister was always represented in court and never absented himself
Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, the Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, has refuted claims by a Ho High Court that he has consistently failed to turn up in court over a contempt motion against him.
He described the report of his absence as false and stated categorically that on all occasions he had been present.
Dr Agyeman-Mensah is wanted by the court in the Volta Region over a contempt motion filed against him by Zikpuitor Fenu Benjamin Atsu and Marshall Koblah Fenu in connection with properties allegedly destroyed during works on the Ada Sea Defence project.
The two are claiming that the defendants had failed to take action to safeguard their land, property and amenities, and subsequently caused environmental destruction and degradation.
The court, presided over by Justice Patrick Baayeh said the Minister and two other directors at the Ministry, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu and Owusu Ansah had failed to appear before the court to answer the charge of contempt leveled against them, and accordingly instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to hurl him before court on April, 15, 2016.
However, Abraham Otabil, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, has denied the claims, saying the Minister and the two other directors have never refused to appear in court to answer questions on the case as reported.
“The Minister is being represented by the Chief Administrator or in other words the Chief Director of the Ministry and the Director in charge of the project. In-fact, there has never been in a case where they have not appeared in court. For almost all the five times that the court did mention, this gentleman had appeared in court on behalf of the Ministry.”
“At the time the project began, throughout about 70 or 80 % of the project lifespan, the current Minister was not present at the Ministry, but that notwithstanding, the Minister has always respected the decision of the court and has asked the two gentlemen to be in court. There has never been a situation where they have failed to be in court.”
He stated further that it is not the intention of the Minister to disrespect the court in anyway.
Dr Agyemang-Mensah and two other project supervisors, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, a director of the water resources at the ministry and Owusu Ansah, the director of hydrological services, were supervising the project undertaken by the International Marine & Dredging Consultants, an international hydraulic consultant.