A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Hohoe Constituency, Mr. Frank Selorm Ankutse has reacted to news about the sale of the Achimota Forest in Accra following the emergence of the Will of the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John), which seems to have affirmed the rumors about the sale.
According to Mr. Ankutse, current and past appointees of the Akufo-Addo-led administration, especially those who held certain key offices at the time the Achimota Forest land was alienated to Sir John must be investigated.
He further stated that the Achimota forest reserve land is a government property and must not be owned by any individual or alienated to any individual for any reason.
“Anybody that registers a government property in his name is a criminal and must be treated as such,” he stressed.
He called on the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Bureau of National Investigations, the Ghana Police Service and the necessary stakeholders to as a matter of urgency look into the issue from its root and sanction appropriate punishments to deserving parties.
He also expressed shock over how the Achimota Forest land that government claimed has not been sold managed to find its way into the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie’s WILL.
According to him, if Sir John who was just occupying a small part of the leadership of the ruling party can amass this quantum of wealth in less than eight years, then we can only imagine what the others are hiding in their WILLS.
He believes that if there should be a compulsory public display of the WILLS of The President and his appointees, “most of us living in this country might even find out that we are just tenants in our own country.”
Last week, the President signed an Executive Instrument to declassify the Achimota Forest.
The Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stipulated that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve, pursuant to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157).
The cessation, per that document, was to be effective on May 1, 2022.
However, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said the government is not selling the land.
According to him, plans are rather afoot to upgrade the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.