Ghana and its oil

Kosmos Energy, one of the operators in Ghana’s Oil fields, after being slapped with a 400-billion-cedi fine for negligently spilling a total of 706 barrels of toxic substances into the country’s marine waters, has in a three-page audacious letter virtually told the government of Ghana, to ‘go to hell and roast’, because it is untouchable.

Kosmos stated in the letter addressed to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, that the 400-Billion-cedi fine imposed on the company by government is “totally, unlawful, unconstitutional, ultra vires and without basis”. The letter was copied to the President, John Evans Atta Mills and the Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Sherry Ayittey. 

Virtually, Kosmos admits that it has negligently spilled toxic substances into Ghana’s marine waters but believes that the company should be allowed to go scot-free because the government has no such legal authority to impose a 400-billion-cedi fine on it.

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