Lands Ministry To Investigate Sir John’s Will That Allocated Portions Of Achimota Forest To His Family Members
The Ministry of Land and Natural Resources says it will investigate claims that the Late Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John had included some portions of the Achimota Forest in his will.
On social media, parts of Sir John’s will have been leaked with an indication that some parts of the Achimota Forest had been he had been allocated were bequeathed to some of his family members.
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Although the veracity of the document cannot be authenticated, it’s been shared especially by members of the opposition National Democratic Congress.
Reacting to the said document, the Lands Minister indicated that he will investigate it in order to authenticate it since Sir John didn’t become Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission under his tenure.
A statement from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said “The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been drawn to a document making the rounds on social media, which alleges that the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, had included portions of the Achimota Forest in his Will, and given out same to individuals who are said to be related to him”.
“The Ministry takes a very serious view of the allegations, and has requested for all documents relating to the lands in question, as part of an initial inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the claims. Considering that the issues that form the basis of the allegations predate the tenure of the current Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, it is important that he is seized with the full facts to enable him take appropriate action, if, indeed, there is any merit in the claims,” the statement added.
It assured the people of Ghana that the state will in no way sell the Achimota Forest.
“The Ministry assures the general public and the good people of Ghana that it will ensure that the national interest is protected at all times, especially in matters pertaining to the Achimota Forest.”