The Nuumo Nmashie Family of Teshie, a suburb of Accra, has petitioned the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osa Mills and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Joseph Afotey-Agbo to intervene in a matter involving the issuance of multiple powers of attorney over its lands.
The Nuumo Nmashie Family petitioned the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission that it has not issue any power of attorney over its lands at Teshie to any group or individuals as reported by the media.
The petition is in reaction to a news article published by state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic, claiming that the power of attorney had been vested in one Samuel Larbi Darko by the Nuumo Nmashie Family.
“Members of the public, including any of us members of Nuumo Nmashie Family who may require a parcel of land within any of the over 70 towns and villages for any purpose should consult Mr. Darko,” the publication said.
But addressing the media in Accra yesterday on behalf of the Nuumo Nmashie Family, the Krobo Djaase Secretary said members of the family “feel scandalized, humiliated and cheated by those behind the publication.”
The Krobo Djaase Secretary, who addressed the media on behalf of the family, noted that the said publication claiming that Ing. Darko had been given attorney over the lands was misleading and should be disregarded by the general public.
According to Isaac A. Botchway, “It is worrying and disturbing that the whole of the Nuumo Nmashie Family lands which includes the whole of Teshie would be vested in Mr. Samuel Lari Darko, who is not an indigene.”
He argued that the attempt to have the lands vested in a single individual was a calculated plan to “sell the whole of Teshie into slavery,” noting that those behind the act “lack the capacity to make that illegal publication on the family’s behalf.”
He stated that “we know they appreciate the full import of the announcement they were making, and therefore they should have been bold enough to state their capacity in the Nuumo Nmashie Family which empowers them to enter into such an agreement without consulting key members of the family.”
“Ordinary family members cannot make such sweeping declarations on its behalf as representatives of the component sub-families,” he added.
By Melvin Tarlue