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The Late Sir John And The Achimota Forest Brouhaha Now Changing Tune

The Achimota forest in Achimota-Accra; is one of the Protected nature area , with paths between forested enclosures for lions, antelope & ostriches.

The name of the forest has been trending recently on the internet, and also in the news, due to the recent claims, that some members of the Governing New Patriotic Party-NPP, are looting portions of land.

In the latest development, there are claims currently circulating in the country, and on the media, that the will of the late Sir John (Former CEO of Forestry Commission), contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of lands, in the Achimota Forest, which he bequeathed to named persons.

According to the claims which have sparked public criticisms, three different lands situated within the Achimota Forest, have been distributed to some of the late Sir John’s family members.

Now the Achimota Forest brouhaha, has reached a new twist, causing the Lands Ministry to finally break silence.

According to the Ministry of Lands, it is investigating claims; that the late Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John), who was former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, has willed part of the Achimota Forest lands to his relatives.

In a statement release, the Lands Ministry 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".

It added that; "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, which was released by the Public Relations Unit of the Lands Ministry, concluded that, "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".

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