Lands Ministry reacts to Sir John’s Achimota Forest and Sakumono Ramsar site Will

Samuel Abdulai Jinapor
Samuel Abdulai Jinapor

Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has reacted to the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John’s Achimota Forest and Sakumono Ramsar last Will and Testament.

In a statement, the Ministry refers to its Press Statement dated 22nd May, 2022 in which the Ministry committed to inquire into the allegations relating to the acquisition of parcels of lands at the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site by the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John).

According to the Ministry in a statement signed by the Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, the preliminary inquiries reveal that the alleged Will in question is a subject matter of litigation/contestation in the courts.


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The Minister added that, 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.” He said.

The Minister again said, for the avoidance of doubt, the bequeathing of the aforesaid lands, if established will not pass any interest/tite to the named beneficiaries in the alleged Will.

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“These lands, the subject matter of the alleged Will, shall remain Public Lands, whether or not it falls within the de-gazetted lands pursuant to E.I 144.”

He assured that, 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.



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