The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor
He said the Achimota Forest wouldn't be sold and stayed as it was, adding that the public authority would proceed to reforest and form it into a genuine backwoods hold to serve Accra and individuals of Ghana.
"The Achimota Forest remaining parts an essential piece of the public authority's arrangement for the security of our woodland cover and our plan for forceful afforestation and reforestation.
"The public authority, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, will keep on safeguarding the Achimota Forest and keep it from being additionally infringed," he said at a question and answer session in Accra yesterday.
Mr Jinapor showed that the public authority was additionally dedicated to guaranteeing that anything occurred on the fringe parts of the land didn't influence the environmental honesty of the timberland.
Following the distribution of the Forests (Cessation of Forest Reserve) Instrument, 2022 (Executive Instrument (EI) 144), there have been reports, particularly via online entertainment, among different outlets, that the Achimota Forest Reserve has been sold.
In any case, tending to the press in Accra, Mr Jinapor importuned the general population to ignore the reports, as they were bogus, outlandish and non-authentic.
"To be sure, what the propagators of these messages have wouldn't add is that EI 144 was distributed along with the Forests (Achimota Firewood Plantation Forest Reserve) (Amendment) Instrument, 2022 (EI 154)," he said.
He made sense of that EI 144 was to make the fringe bits of the timberland hold stop to be a woodland save to guarantee improvement that was reliable with the region of the backwoods hold.
Those parts, areas of which had been created, had previously been conceded to the Owoo Family in September 2013, Mr Jinapor said.
"Further, EI 154, then again, states insistently that the region of the woodland will stay a timberland save. The two instruments contain sufficient arrangements that try to safeguard the biological honesty of the backwoods save," the priest said.
Mr Jinapor demonstrated that in 1921, the then Gold Coast government, by a Certificate of Title dated December 16, 1921, and made under the Public Lands Ordinance, 1876, gained from the Owoo Family the package of land on which the Achimota School was arranged.
In this way, he said, by one more Certificate of Title dated May 17, 1927, the public authority gained from a similar family one more lot of land estimating around 479 hectares as an augmentation to the Achimota School, adding that in spite of the fact that there were receipts showing installment of remuneration for the 1921 securing, there were no records of installment of pay for the 1927 obtaining.
"By an Order 31 of 1930, dated July 17, 1930, the public authority, according to its power under the Forests Act, 1927 (Cap 157), comprised the land procured in 1927 as a Forest Reserve for the motivations behind Fuel Wood Plantation for Achimota School," he said.
Following numerous infringements on the backwoods save, Mr Jinapor said, the pre-obtaining proprietors, the Owoo Family, in 2007 presented a request to then President John Agyekum Kufuor for the arrival of the piece of the woodland hold abutting the Tema Motorway.
He said after conferences between the Office of the President and the applicable bodies, it was suggested that that part of the backwoods hold be delivered to the Owoo Family, adding that "this finished in an understanding, dated 24th November, 2008, between the public authority, acting by the then Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines, and the Owoo Family for the award of a rent of north of 90 sections of land of the land to the Owoo Family for a term of 99 years. The rent arrangement was, in any case, not executed as concurred".
"In 2011, the Owoo Family presented one more appeal to the then Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mike Hammah, for the award of parts of the timberland save. The clergyman comprised a board, led by the then Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Samuel Afari Dartey, to ask into the authenticity of the solicitation and its effect on the woods save.
He said the advisory group considered the solicitation of the Owoo Family as authentic, for which the clergyman looked for Executive endorsement to carry out the suggestions.
"On September 5, 2013, the then President, John Dramani Mahama, gave Executive Approval for the transformation of the woodland save into an ecotourism park and to deliver the fringe bits of the backwoods hold to the Owoo Family, as per the proposals of the board of trustees," Mr Jinapor added.
In accordance with the said Executive Approval, he said, the Forestry Commission, following up for President Mahama, "without a doubt these parts of the backwoods hold to the Owoo Family for a term of 99 years".
"The family then, at that point, enrolled the land in its name and conceded sub-leases to other private designers, with the assent of the Forestry Commission," he added.
The clergyman made sense of that on the grounds that the land stayed a timberland save, by prudence of Order 31 of 1930, the tenants and sub-residents couldn't foster it, in spite of the fact that they had gotten every one of the important licenses.
He expressed according to a similar Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, following up for President Mahama, went into a concurrence with Aikan Capital, a restricted responsibility organization, for the improvement of center region of the backwoods into an ecotourism park.
The commission additionally executed a rent concurrence with the organization in February 2016, by which 227.84 hectares of the hold was rented to the organization to attempt the arranged turn of events.
"The Owoo Family and their grantees, in a bid to foster the fringe segments of the land which had previously been conceded to them, kept on requesting of the public authority to deliver the fringe segments as a woodland hold," Mr Jinapor said.
The public authority, subsequent to evaluating what is going on, and in view of the guidance of the Forestry Commission that the natural uprightness of the woodland hold wouldn't be undermined by the delivery, chose to let the fringe parts of the land out of the timberland save, he said.
That, the priest expressed, prompted the distribution of the two instruments, the Forests (Cessation of Forest Reserve) Instrument, 2022 (E.I. 144), and the Forests (Achimota Firewood Plantation Forest Reserve) (Amendment) Instrument, 2022 (E.I. 154).
He said the primary made the fringe parts of the woodland hold, which had previously been allowed to the Owoo Family in 2013, stop to be a backwoods save, while "the second corrects the region of the land that ought to go on as timberland save".
"Nonetheless, as a component of measures to guarantee that the region of the backwoods isn't compromised, the two instruments contain arrangements that confine the idea of the advancement that can occur on the land," he said.
Under E.I. 144, for instance, Mr Jinapor said, before any improvement could happen on the fringe parts of the timberland that had stopped to be a woodland save, the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority will set up a ground breaking strategy for the advancement of the area, thinking about the biological respectability of the excess segments of the backwoods hold.
Also, he added, the ground breaking strategy should be supported by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, following up on the guidance of the Forestry Commission.
"No advancement can happen without the express endorsement of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, thinking about the biological honesty of the woodland," Mr Jinapor said.
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