The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources says the beneficiaries of the purported will of the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, will not have access to Achimota Forest and Ramsar site lands captured in the said document.
A purported copy of the will of the late Sir John, a former CEO of the Forestry Commission, has been widely circulated after it was released by the Fourth Estate, in which he’s believed to have bequeathed lands in the Achimota Forest and the Ramar site at Sakomono to some relatives.
The development has sparked anger among many Ghanaians with many expressing their disappointment over the fact that the former Forestry Commission head allocated to himself state lands.
Sir John also disclosed in the will that he also owned land at the protected Ramsar site at Sakumono near Tema.
The revelations in his will come at a time the government is giving portions of the Achimota Forest land supposedly to its original owners.
Amidst the public outrage about Sir John’s supposed will, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources says preliminary inquiries reveal that the alleged will in question is a subject of litigation/contestation in the courts.
It however said it checks at the Lands and the Forestry Commissions show no record of ownership of Lands at, the Achimota Forest or the Sakumono Ramsar Site, by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie.
“That said, given the totality of the circumstances of the said allegations, I, as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, have directed the Lands and Forestry Commissions to deem any ownership of lands, both, in the Achimota Forest and the Sakumono Ramsar Site by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as void and are to take the appropriate actions accordingly.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the bequeathing of the aforesaid lands, if established, will not pass any interest/title to the named beneficiaries in the alleged Will. These lands, the subject matter of the alleged Will, shall remain Public Lands, whether or not it falls within the de-gazetted lands pursuant to E.I 144.”
It said the government will act on any improper acquisition of any Public Lands, regardless of how it was procured, “whether now or in the past, and the Achimota Forest Lands will not be an exception.”
Sir John’s will
Parts of his will read: “I give my land situated at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever.
– Yaw Amoateng Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Eva Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Ivy Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
– Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother) – One (1) acre
– Michael Owusu – 1.541 acres
It continued: “I give my land also situated at the Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu, and Kwabena Amoateng forever.”
The will further states: “I jointly own a piece of land at Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu. Upon my demise, my portion of the said land should be given to Ruth Korkor Odonkor.”Read Full Story