October 12, 2010

The Member of Parliament for Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto says it is disingenuous on the part of the government to create a perception that government lands at prime areas in the capital were sold to public servants only during the NPP regime.

According to the MP, the sale of government lands to public servants dates as far back as pre- independence, and it is important that the NDC government stops the cheap propaganda that it is spewing out as it will not yield any positive results.

The government says it has halted with immediate effect, the “rampant disposal of state lands in some prime areas of Accra” under the Accra Redevelopment Policy.

It has also referred the report of the National Security on the acquisition of such lands to the Attorney General’s office for advice on the future of the policy, which was instituted to facilitate the redevelopment of some government lands and houses in prime areas including Cantonments, Airport Residential Area, Kanda, Switchback and Ridge.

Government says the intervention was necessitated by the abuse to which the policy was subjected, characterized by “reckless and indiscriminate disposal of state lands’’.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show today, the Member of Parliament for Kwadaso, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto stated that he gets increasingly irritated when he hears the NDC blaming the NPP for indiscriminately selling the lands.

He added that successive governments including the CPP, NDC and NPP have all sold public lands and it’s important that a holistic non- partisan view is taken to address the issue.

Story by :Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gov