The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources says preliminary inquiries at the Lands and Forestry Commissions revealed no record of ownership of lands at the Achimota Forest or Sakumo Ramsar Site in the name of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John), a former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission.
A statement issued by Samuel Abu Jinapor, the sector Minister, on Tuesday said in view of the totality of allegations on the matter and the said bequeathing of some lands in an alleged Will of Sir John, the Government had decided to take over all the lands purportedly acquired in the Achimota Forest and the Sakumo Ramsar Site.
The Minister has, therefore, directed the Lands and Forestry Commission to deem those lands as void, and should take appropriate actions accordingly.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the bequeathing of the aforesaid lands, if established, will not pass any interest/title to the named beneficiaries in the alleged Will,” the statement said.
It said those lands, the subject matter of the alleged Will, shall remain Public Lands, whether or not it falls within the de-gazetted lands pursuant to Executive Instrument (E.I 144)
The Ministry, on May 22, 2022, issued a statement on the matter and expressed its commitment to inquiring into the allegations relating to acquisition of parcels of lands by Sir John at the aforementioned areas.
The statement indicated that the alleged Will of Sir John was a subject matter of litigation/contestation in the courts.
It expressed government’s commitment to acting 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.