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We Were Protecting It: Former NDC Minister Eats Humble Pie In The Achimota Forest Brouhaha [Details]

The experienced former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini, has revealed that the NDC government, in 2011, made plans to convert the Achimota Forest into an eco-tourism facility.

According to him, this was the then government’s way of protecting the forest from further encroachment, sale or alienation. Speaking on Newsfile on Saturday, Mr. Fuseini said the eco-tourism facility was expected to comprise a theme park, and eco-lodges, among many others.

It was the view of the NDC that the best way to protect the Forest was to turn same into an Ecotourism facility as experience shows that the encroachment into the Forest is precisely because it has been lying fallow.

The 2012 manifesto with which the NDC sought the mandate of the people of Ghana bears ample testimony to the avowed intention of the NDC to protect the Achimota Forest reserve from further encroachment by turning it into an Eco Park.

The former Lands and Natural Resources Minister Inusah Fuseini, has said in a statement that: “For the records, the Afari-Dateh Committee recommended that only 118 acres of the peripheral portions of the Achimota Forest be returned to the Owoo Family, instead of the 193 acres the Kufuor Administration had agreed to grant the family”.

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