Sir John’s Achimota Lands Declared Void By Minister

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor has declared the Achimota Forest Lands and Ramsar Site lands mentioned in the Will of late Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John as void.

According to a statement signed by the Minister, the Achimota and Ramsar lands will not be given to the beneficiaries named in Sir John’s will.

I, as Minister for Lands & Natural Resources, have directed the Lands and Forestry Commission to deem any ownership of lands, both in the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as void,” the Minister said in a statement issued on Tuesday, May 24.

Mr. Abu Jinapor opined that the lands will continue to be property of the state.

He also reiterated details of the land acquisition cannot be found at the Lands Commissions.

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,” the statement said.

The Ministry had earlier said it took a serious view of the reports and has directed investigations into the matter.

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