UHAS land dispute: Judge orders out of court settlement

A High Court in Ho  has advised the Attorney General (AG) to consider a meeting with the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Land Owners Association, to discuss issues regarding their compensation package.

The directive follows a decision by owners of the lands hosting the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) at Sokode near Ho, to take legal action against the government and the University, for delays in the payment of` their compensation.

Government was on 8th January this year hauled before court by UHAS the land owners to compel it to facilitate the payment of the compensation owed them.

But at the first sitting today [Friday], the Presiding Judge at the Ho High Court A, asked the Attorney General to meet up with the aggrieved land owners to consider an out of court settlement.

Speaking to Citi News, the Chairman of the Association, Benoni Kakraba Glalah, said the the court has ordered the land owners to settle the issue with the AG, adding that they might return to court when the negotiation does not yield positive results.

“We were in court today [Friday], the judge after reading the charges said he wouldn’t like the case to be dragged on and thus requested the AG to sit us down so that we trash it out. Depending on the response from the AG, we might go back to the court for determination of the case.”

Government, through an Executive Instrument (EI), compulsorily acquired the lands for the first public university in the Volta Region, which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2011.

Although the first phase of the construction of permanent structures on the land was completed last year, the landowners are yet to be compensated.


By: Norbet Akpabli/citifmonline.com/Ghana