Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr. John Peter Amewu has complained about the rampant sale of state pieces of land to private individuals by some chiefs in the country.
Lands and Resources Minister Amewu has bemoaned the sale of government owned portions of lands to private individuals at at incredibly low prices by some chiefs during a speech given in the Volta Region.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Volta Regional Lands Commission on July 31st, 2017, he compared the extremely low prices at which some portions of government owned portions of lands with that of anchovies, locally known as "Keta School Boys".
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“Over the last 8 years, Volta Region has faced a lot of difficulties over the land titles administrations, lands were sold so cheaply to the extent that, the prices of “Keta School Boys” far exceeds the cost of lands that have been sold to others."
"Hence the rational of aggressive disposal of government lands for private political interest can no longer be allowed to continue,” he said.
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According to Minister Amewu, the sale of lands in the Volta Region makes it difficult for government installations yet to be built to begin work in the region. The Minister tasked the commission to endeavor to curb the practice and instill measures to find solutions for extended lands disputes to help the development of the region.
The 30 member Commission is made up of representatives of the Regional House of Chiefs, Town and Country Planning Department, Ghana Bar Association, the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, and the Ghana Institute of Surveyors.
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