Hon. Ablakwa scribes: looting of state lands and demolishing of embassies saga — the only credible way forward

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has outlined some possible means by which Ghana could be redeemed from the canker of looting of state lands and demolishing of embassies.

According to the former Deputy Minister for Education and currently the North Tongu legislature, below are the only credible ways forward for Ghana.

1) Impose an outright ban on all sale of state lands;

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2) Immediate freeze on all schemes purporting to return state lands to so-called original owners — time to end the Owoolisation;

3) Create a comprehensive public database of all remaining state lands across the country and publish same online for real-time and permanent scrutiny by citizens — as for this one, Ghanaians would love to serve as positive land guards in the strategic national interest;

4) Establish an independent commission of enquiry into the sale and return of all state lands under the Fourth Republic and publish a full report;

5) Confiscate all lands acquired in conflict of interest situations and sanction offending officials and their cronies consistent with our 2008 position at the Supreme Court;

6) Arrest and prosecute those who demolished the Nigerian and Bulgarian Embassies, and sanction encroachers of other diplomatic enclaves such as diplomatic properties belonging to Sierra Leone and the Netherlands;

7) Explore urgent avenues to reverse the wanton depletion through the creation of new land banks for national development, addressing the acute housing deficit, spatial planning and meeting environmental needs;

8) Put in place the requisite legal regime to achieve these imperatives — colleague MPs on both sides should be ready to team up with me and sponsor a Private Members Bill if the Akufo-Addo government fails to show the decisive leadership and absolute integrity required in this defining moment.

He further opined that, government should be more terrified about the anger of Ghanaians and sustainability of this Fourth Republic rather than being worried about the threat of terrorism.

He therefore urged that Government embark upon urgent steps to end the looting of state lands, punish impunity, root out audacious conflict of interest and restore trust in public office.

Read Also: https://coverghana.com.gh/sir-johns-will-causes-agitations-as-he-gives-achimota-forest-lands-to-his-family-members/

This is coming after a portion of the last will of Sir John indicated that he willed portion of Achimota Forest area to his family members.

Source: Coverghana.com.gh

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