The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has announced that it will investigate a document that is currently circulating on social media. According to the document, the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, was the former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission and he allegedly left portions of the Achimota forest lands in his will.
As part of an investigation to determine whether or not the accusations are credible, the ministry is reporting that it has asked for any and all records that pertain to the piece of land in question.
According to a statement that was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022, and posted on the Facebook page of the ministry, it was said that the ministry took “a very serious view of the claims.”
“The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been drawn to a document that is making the rounds on social media,” the statement reads. “The document 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.” “The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is currently investigating this matter.”
“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. In addition, the Ministry has stated that it will take all appropriate action to investigate the allegations. It is essential that the current Minister, the Honorable Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, be provided with all of the relevant information in order for him to be able to take the appropriate action, if there is, in fact, any truth to the allegations. This is because the issues that form the basis of the allegations occurred before he took office as Minister.
“The Ministry wishes to reassure the general public and the good people of Ghana that it will make every effort to safeguard the national interest at all times, particularly with regard to issues concerning the Achimota Forest,”
It has been widely circulated on social media what is purported to be a copy of the will of the late Sir John, which asserts ownership of a piece of land in the Achimota Forest in the name of the company called DML limited. [Citation needed]
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