All is set for government to hand over the proposed Nungua lands earmarked to be returned to the Nungua stool within the Greater Accra region.
As part of measures to ensure a peaceful handing over ceremony, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Collins Dauda, on Friday inspected the said lands earmarked to the Nungua stool to ensure that everything was in order for the handing over.
He stormed the place amidst heavy security, with other stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture, to ensure that nobody takes the law into his or her own hands, as government commences the said exercise.
The Minister, who was shocked at the level of encroachments despite the on-going demolishing exercise on the site, ordered the encroachers who were still working on some projects to quit the vicinity for their own good.
Alhaji Dauda told the media that government would do everything within its capacity to ensure that the 60 percent of the parcel of lands promised to be given back to the Nungua stool is done without any chaos.
Alhaji Dauda noted that as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government gets ready to fulfil its campaign promise to hand over all government acquired lands, including the Nungua lands, to the rightful owners, it would also ensure that the exercise is done without anxiety.
He stressed that government, before its decision to return the proposed lands to the Nungua stool, realised that about 60% of the parcel of lands acquired by government somewhere in 1939 from the Nungua stool had been lying idle without the intended purpose.
According to the sector Minister, all parcels of land that had been acquired by government and are not being used for their intended purposes would be handed over to the rightful owners without any hesitation.
He said aside the Nungua Lands, the government is also releasing a 1,000-acre land acquired in Sankore to its rightful owners, as the said parcel of land is also lying idle.
He stressed that the lands would all be handed over to the owners freely without any claims from government.
Hon Dauda noted that lands need to be properly managed without being allowed to go waste, hence NDCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s government decision to return all lands acquired by various governments which are not being used to the rightful owners.
Touching on the negative attitude of encroachers within the country, he said government would continue to put stringent measures in place to ensure that all government-acquired lands are free from encroachment.
He therefore urged Ghanaians to be careful when acquiring any portion of land and ensure that they obtain it from the rightful owners.
Mr. Dauda explained that due to various predicaments surrounding the selling and purchasing of stool lands, state lands and skin lands, which have been worsened by multiple land sales by some unscrupulous chiefs and corrupt public servants from the Lands Commission, purchasing and registering of land for home building, farming and industry needs to be done with caution.
He therefore urged Ghanaians to be meticulous when it comes to land issues.
By Stella Danso