Obrempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata Mantse has called on the Lands and Natural Resources Sector Minister to assist in the ?demarcation of the customary boundaries of? James Town traditional area to enable him bequeath a legacy to the future generations of the traditional area.
?The Paramount Chief revealed that communities on lands stretching all the way to Gomoa Fete which now fall under the jurisdiction of the Central Region used to swear allegiance? to the James Town stool and? attributed the take-over of their lands to failure to plot and prepare appropriate title to the lands of the traditional area.
He was optimistic that the exercise will? not only afford the James Town stool the opportunity to? recover its vast heritage but would enable them take over warehouses and other facilities abandoned by companies like?Crown Agents?who operated around the James Town harbour prior to their re-location to Tema.
Nii Kojo Ababio made the plea during a call on Hon Inusah Fuseini (MP) Sector Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to request assistance for the demarcation of James Town lands. He was accompanied by Nii Ayi Krotia 1, Ngleshie Noyaa ?Mantse,? Nii Ayinsah Sasraku III, Dzaatse of Plenor and Nii Kofi Akrashie, Akrashie-Oshiyie Mantse.
?Obrempong used the opportunity to requested for the return of unused Weiji lands acquired for the Irrigation Development? Authority (IDA), 118 acres of unused land? which was acquired for a housing estate by SSNIT at Dunkona acquisition as well as the lands surrounding the Korle lagoon and James Town harbour.
?He added that ?he made a lot of personal sacrifices ?when he served as a dentist in many parts of the country including the Northern Territories? during the colonial era and therefore implored the Minister to endeavour to assist? him ?establish the boundaries of his traditional area.
Responding Hon Inusah Fuseini commended Obrempong Kojo Ababio V for engaging the appropriate authorities for the demarcation of his lands instead of resorting to the courts and announced that he will assign the Technical Director for Lands at the Ministry? to co-ordinate the demarcation exercise.
?He attributed the problem to the failure of the colonial administration to clearly map out the various customary boundaries and explained that the digitalization of land records currently being conducted ?by the Lands Commission under the second phase of the Land Administration Project will help eliminate litigations over land boundaries.
Hon Inusah Fuseini praised Obrempong for displaying exceptional wisdom that has enable him to successfully and peacefully steer the affairs of the Jamestown traditional area and assured him that he would do all in his power to assist him ?demarcate his customary boundary.