Members of MEYA pose for the camera
A YOUTH group in the Madina community in Accra, has accused the La Traditional Council and the Lands Commission of allegedly conniving to sell a state land which had been allocated for a market project, to a private developer.
Briefing the media last Wednesday, the President of the Madina Estate Youth Association (MEYA) described the alleged sale as ‘illegal and corruptible’ and has since petitioned the Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing to conduct a thorough investigation.
According to Emmanuel Akotibi, checks conducted at the Lands Commission had indicated that the land, which was secured some years ago under the Acheampong government, had been sold to one Gideon Fiadjoe, also a resident of the area.
He pointed out that the land had been used as a resettlement site for some residents of Nima when a highway was being constructed, but the land was released subsequently to be transformed into a business center for members of the community.
He said it was an offence for any person to claim sole ownership of the property hence, the call for urgent interventions by the authorities concerned.
‘We had declined an early proposition by the La Traditional Council to sell the said piece of land because we knew it was illegal to sell or purchase a state property. The attempt therefore gives us strong reason to believe that there is a lot of serious corruption in this regard,’Mr. Akotibi hinted.
Search results from the Lands Commission however, indicate that that piece of land was not a state property but it was a gift from one Nii Anyetei Kwakwranya II to one William Badoo on June 26, 1971.
‘Per this data, the association was convinced that the land did not belong to Gideon Fiadjoe, who claimed ownership of the property,’ Mr. Akotibi underscored.
The association suspected, ‘The Lands Commission had backdated documents to deceive the nation of the true ownership of the property.’
Intimating his displeasure about the development, the secretary stressed the need to find solutions to the disagreement to stall eminent unrest within the community.
He warned, ‘This suspected corruption and fraudulent act by the lands commission is an act which is about to incite conflict in the community. If government does not intervene within time, we would not sit back and watch some few individuals jeopardize the development of the entire community.’
The President of MEYA, told the media that the youth were constructing a GHc23,000 ICT center on part of the land to equip the young ones with employable skills.
When contacted for his side of the story, Mr. Fiadjoe said he came to the area as far back as 1990 and bought the land from the chiefs of La – a statement he supported with documents.
The former employee of the Cocoa Board said he did not develop the land due to some financial challenges.
Earlier in the day, the youth demonstrated against the alleged encroachment on the land by Mr. Fiadjoe, swearing to take the land from him at all cost.
By Frank Muzzu
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