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Lands Commission finally opens up on Sir John’s Achimota Forest Land acquisition

James Dadson, the Executive Secretary of the Properties Commission, has revealed that his organization lacks evidence to verify that the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, alias Sir John, possessed Achimota Forest lands.

According to a reported Will and Last Testament of the former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, NPP, he left pieces of land he owned in the Achimota Forest enclave to some relatives.

 

The Lands Commission’s boss, however, told the media that the reports were inaccurate based on the information available to the Commission.

 

Dadson was speaking during a visit to the Lands Commission headquarters in Accra by Deputy Lands Minister Benito Owusu-Bio, who was there to examine the degree of damage caused by floodwaters that wrecked sections of the buildings.

 

“There’s nothing in our files on that.” What you’ve read is exactly what I’ve read. “As far as our records are concerned, we don’t have anything recorded here for Sir John,” James Dadson stated.

 

Even while the Ministry continues to investigate the authenticity or otherwise of issues relating to the subject of lands in Sir John’s Will, his opinion was reiterated by the Deputy Minister.

 

Sir John’s Will has dominated media coverage since its contents were made public over the weekend, revealing that he had left some recipients lands in the Achimota Forest enclave.

 

The uproar derives from the fact that declassifying areas of the Forest Reserve only became relevant a week after the administration issued Executive Instrument 144.

 

The government said it was transferring areas of the forest’s periphery to its custodial owners, the Accra-based Owoo family.

 

Sir John, who was also a former CEO of the Forestry Commission, died of Coronavirus two years ago. Charles Owusu, a former aide of the deceased, has expressed his displeasure with how the deceased is being dragged even in death.

He claims that once the Ministry’s investigation into the matter is completed, the truth will be revealed.

Portions of Sir John’s will related to land bequeathal read as follows: “I give my land situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever.

– Yaw Amoateng Afriyie – One (1) acre

– Eva Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre

– Ivy Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre

– Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother) – One (1) acre

– Michael Owusu – 1.541 acres

It continued: “I give my land also situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu and Kwabena Amoateng forever.”

The document further states: “I jointly own a piece of land at Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu. Upon my demise, my portion of the said land should be given to Ruth Korkor Odonkor.”

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