Achimota and Sakumono Ramsar Site in the past few days have being in the news and generated a lot of public concerns. The matter took enormous proportions when the leaked will of former CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John) made rounds on social media.
Most social media users expressed their shocked with the number of various properties willed to family members of the late CEO especially portions of the Achimota forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site preservation.
Parts of his will read: “I give my land situated at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever.
– Yaw Amoateng Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Eva Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Ivy Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother) – One (1) acre
– Michael Owusu – 1.541 acres
It continued: “I give my land also situated at the Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu, and Kwabena Amoateng forever.”
The will further states: “I jointly own a piece of land at Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu. Upon my demise, my portion of the said land should be given to Ruth Korkor Odonkor.”
However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Jinapor has come out to say that preliminary inquiries reveal that the alleged Will in question is a subject matter of litigation/contestation in the courts.
“Further checks at the Lands and the Forestry Commissions, the repositories of the records of the lands in question, show no record of ownership of Lands at, the Achimota Forest or the Sakumono Ramsar Site, by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.”
“That said, given the totality of the circumstances of the said allegations, I, as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, have directed the Lands and Forestry Commissions to deem any ownership of lands, both, in the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as void and are to take the appropriate actions accordingly” the statement read.
In a statement signed by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Jinapor, it further stated the lands as stated in the will “remain Public Lands, whether or not it falls within the de-gazetted lands pursuant to E.I 144.”
“Government will act on any improper acquisition of any Public Lands, regardless of how it was procured, whether now or in the past, and the Achimota Forest Lands will not be an exception.”
Below are some views expressed by netizens on the subject matter: