The Ministry of Land and Natural Resources has announced that it will look into accusations that the late Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, nicknamed Sir John, left some parts of the Achimota Forest in his will.
Parts of Sir John’s will have been released on social media, with a suggestion that portion of the Achimota Forest he was assigned was handed to some of his family members.
Although the document’s authenticity cannot be verified, it has been widely circulated, particularly among members of the opposition National Democratic Congress. Because Sir John did not become Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission during his tenure, the Lands Minister stated that he will research the document in order to authenticate it.
“The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been drawn to a document circulating on social media, which alleges that the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, included portions of the Achimota Forest in his Will, and given same to individuals who are said to be related,” the ministry said.
“The Ministry takes the allegations very seriously and has sought all documentation relating to the disputed areas as part of an initial investigation to determine the authenticity of the claims.” Given that the allegations are based on issues that predate the tenure of the current Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, it is critical that he has all of the facts in order to take appropriate action if the allegations are true,” the statement continued.
It promised Ghanaians that the state would never sell the Achimota Forest.
“The Ministry guarantees the general public and the good people of Ghana that the national interest will always be preserved, particularly in matters relating to the Achimota Forest.”
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