Four Ghanaians have sued the government over its decision to cede the 16.2 square kilometre Achimota Forest Reserve to a foreign investor for eco-tourism.
The government has signed an agreement with Aikan Capital Limited for the Achimota Forest Reserve situated in Accra to be transformed into an eco-tourism facility, but plaintiffs in the suit are of the view that the deal will harm the environment and pose health and other risks to residents of Accra, a report by the Daily Graphic said on Monday.
The plaintiffs, according to the report, are Dr Adolf Lutterodt, an educationist; Ms Dede Amanor Wilks, a development specialist; Mr Kwame Dadzoe, a lawyer, and Ms Elizabeth Tettey-Sei Adams, a businesswoman.
The plaintiffs are seeking an order “declaring that the removal of the Achimota Forest is inimical to the public welfare, public health and the interest of the people of Ghana”.
The defendants are the Attorney-General, the Forestry Commission, the Lands Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).