Two of Ghana’s former presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, have been named among 415 past government officials and institutions who were beneficiaries of the distribution of cheap state lands.
According to a report carried out by Joy News, “over 416 individuals, mostly previous government officials, as well as public institutions were allocated state lands between 2009 and 2016”.
The named officials are reported to have acquired state lands in areas such as Airport Residential Area, North Ridge, East Legon Switch Backroad,among other luxurious areas for meagre prices.
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Prior to the 2008 elections, the problem of land sales became a huge matter of debate between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NDC, then in opposition, took on then President Kufuor accusing him of selling state lands for cheap to those close to him.
However, per the latest reports, it appears the NDC continued with the practice when it won power from the NPP in 2008.
Joy News reports that a former Lands and Natural Resources minister under the erstwhile Mahama government, Inusah Fuseni, confirmed that land allocations were made during his term of office.
He also conceded that the number of buyers were so overwhelming he had to place a temporary ban on the sale of the lands.
Current minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has revealed that investigations are already underway to get to the bottom of the matter.
However, he refused to disclose the exact amounts that the state lands were sold for.
Also named in the list beneficiaries of the cheap sale of state lands include the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, KT Hammond, Former Chair of the NDC Dr Kwabena Adjei, the past CEO of the NHIA, Dr Sylvester Mensah and former CEO of COCOBOD, Lee Ocran.
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