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The forest reserve will no longer include parts of the Achimota Forest. This follows the signing of an Executive Instrument (EI) by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to declassify portions of the reserve.
"Within three months of the coming into force of this instrument, the District Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority with jurisdiction over the land specified in the schedule shall prepare for the approval of the Minister [of Lands], a master plan for the development of the land specified in the schedule," the document stated.
The news sparked debate on social media, with some claiming the woodland reserve had been sold. Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has denied allegations that the Accra Forest Reserve had been sold.
He stated that the natural resource was not and would not be sold. Kofi Bentil, Vice President of Imani Africa and a private legal practitioner, posted on Facebook, "Bye Bye Achimota Forest." Sold! What is this??!”
In response to these assertions, Mr Jinapor, a Damongo lawmaker, wrote on Facebook, "Achimota Forest is not and will not be sold!!!!!!!"
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