The Government has denied reports that it has sold portions of the land belonging to the Parks and Gardens to some private developers for the construction of residential apartments and restaurants.
Media reports suggested that some private developers had already started construction on the land, destroying several plants in the process.The reports claimed portions of the Parks and Gardens land, at its Head Office in Accra, had been cleared and that 144 trees and 5,000 nurseries of flowers had been destroyed.
At a news conference, a Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, O.B. Amoah, said the public was misinformed, adding that government had no intentions of selling part of the nine acres of land it was situated on as part of a public-private partnership arrangement.
“It is the policy of this government that that place will not be used for any residential purpose. As far as we are concerned, we are not ceding any land to any private developer.”
But Mr. Amoah noted that there were attempts as far back as 2012 to give parts of the land to a private developers to develop residential premises “in consideration for them putting up an office for Parks and Gardens.”
“As a result of that, by 28th November 2016, 2.2 acres of Parks and Gardens land had been leased by the Lands Commission to a private developer ostensibly for them to also be able to build the office for Parks and Gardens.”
Work on the land was supposed to start within 18 months but he noted that luckily, “nothing has happened.”
He revealed further that his ministry has written to the Attorney General for advice on the matter.
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