By Newman C. A Dotse-
/ Rumours making the rounds about the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources nursing the ambition to become running mate to Alan Kyeremanten in case he emerges flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have set tongues wagging as some Ga chiefs vow to teach NPP a bitter lesson in case what the minister envisages, materializes.
This is due to his involvement in shortchange mechanisms instituted by his men at the Lands Ministry and Lands Commission to the chagrin of many right thinking members of society.
The chiefs are, however, not enthused about the lackadaisical attitude being exhibited by the lands minister towards land racketeering scheme formulated under his watch.
They believe what the Ga state is experiencing as a result of the appropriation of Ga lands by the appointees of president Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo addo to the detriment of the poor families who were coax
ed to give out their inheritance to the state for the betterment of all, has gotten to the height requiring an urgent action by the President.
Their anger stems from the barbaric demolition of plush houses at the dairy farms enclave belonging to the people of Amrahia, Danfa and Kweiman, to pave way for their well-rehearsed looting scheme.
The chiefs and elders of the above mentioned communities cited the lands minister for intentionally allowing land racketeers to forcefully take lands that belong to the poor, and that, he the minister knows about the unwarranted demolition that occurred few weeks ago, contrary to the orders of the high court.
The chiefs claim they suspect foul play because if indeed Abu Jinapor is nursing the ambition of becoming the running mate to Alan Kyeremanten, then their predicament could have emanated from the fact that he wanted to ruin the chances of the present vice president because all those frustrating them know very well that the vice president was the one who announced the release of the 40% of the land released to them on the orders of the president, hence their resolve to frustrate and shortchange them in a bid to see them (chiefs), accuse the vice president Dr. Bawumia of deceit, to enhance their chances of outsmarting him.
In December 2020, government, through the vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahmoud Bawumia, issued a white paper for the release of 40% of lands acquired from the people of Amrahia, Danfa and Kweiman for dairy farms to be given back to the original custodians but unfortunately, the decision was met with resistance from the land brokers, some of whom they have contracted to watch over state lands, even though we have institutions responsible for such activities. Could this action be an outright endorsement of land guard menace that they claimed to have abolished?
Clearly, from what is happening today so far as land appropriation is concerned, it is clear that the looting scheme could be state sponsored and tilted towards grand stealing of prime dairy farms lands as well as other prime areas such as La, Aviation, off Ashalley Botwe road as well as Trade fair. They say President Akuffo Addo cannot pretend to be unware of the looting brigades he had appointed to help him govern the country.
The current NPP National Chairman, Stephen Ntim has also been accused by Hon. Kennedy Agyepong of stealing State Lands while heading the Lands Commission board; and if this allegation is true, then land owners are in trouble in this country because some of us see Stephen Ntim as a fine gentleman who would want to see the right thing done.
The constant theft of lands is with the express connection of ministers, appointees and government officials including some criminal-minded staff of the Lands Commission, who always close their eyes to the fact.
Down memory lane: The former NPP General Secretary, the late Sir John whiles heading the Forestry Commission, grabbed portions of the Achimota Forest, Sakumonor Ramsar Site as well as Adenta Civil Aviation Lands which he inscribed in his will administered by his alleged confidant Rev. Charles Owusu.
The chiefs were also aware of the Cantonments Civil Aviation Land that was allegedly stolen in the name of Government by Kweku Asoma-Cheremeh, while he was lands minister, using an alleged fraudulent Memorandum Of Understanding and shared among faceless gangs that are presently developing those lands while the current lands minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor looks on unconcerned.
With the above, the chiefs wonder if their lands will be safe enough if Samuel Abu Jinapor eventually becomes running mate to Alan Kyeremanten, and then the vice president subsequently.