The Board of Directors of the Bui Power Authority (BPA), with the concurrence of the Ministry of Energy, has approved an initial amount of $10 million to pay compensation to people who lost their land to the construction of the Bui Hydro Power project.
Consequently, the board has written to the Lands Commission, which is the government institution clothed with the law to administer compensation, to provide a bank account into which the amount will be lodged for the commission to pay deserving landowners.
The Legal Counsel for the BPA, Mr Franklin Nana Addai, who made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic yesterday, said the response from the Lands Commission came in last Friday and the authority was taking steps to take it from there as soon as possible.
The development comes 13 years after demand for compensation by landowners who were affected by the construction of the 404-megawatt hydro electric project on the Black Volta.
“We know that the total compensation may be more than this amount, but let’s have this money in there, so that the people who are due could be paid the money for now,” Mr Addai said.
Among the plethora of legal actions demanding compensation is one initiated by the Chief of Bui in the Bono Region, Nana Kwadwo Wuo II, whose lawyers have filed a motion at the Sunyani High Court seeking an order for the headquarters of the BPA in Accra to be auctioned to offset a judgment debt of GH¢12,545,928.
That was after the chief had accused the BPA of failing to pay the judgment debt in respect of compensation, in spite of numerous notices to it.
The motion is expected to be moved at the court by the lead counsel for the plaintiff, Nana Obiri Boahen, on October 19, this year.