- Scores of Ghanaians have taken to Twitter to share their views after the leaked will of the late politician Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie emerged online
- The will of the late former general secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) contains four parcels of land in the Achimota Forest
- It emerged after it became public that President Akufo-Addo had signed an executive instrument declassifying parts of the Achimota Forest as a forest reserve
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Ghanaians have reacted after the will of the late member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, surfaced on social media.
Popularly known as Sir John, the late former general secretary of the NPP was also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission before his passing.
His will has emerged online and reignited the Achimota Forest controversy and public backlash targeting the government and political elites.
Before the legal document surfaced, many had taken to social media to vent after it became public that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had signed an executive instrument declassifying parts of the Achimota Forest as a forest reserve, with many accusing the government of attempts to sell the lands to themselves.
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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, later assured that the government will protect the forest from exploitation to allay public concerns.
However, Sir John's will contains four parcels of specified and unspecified acres of land in the Achimota Forest, which the late politician willed to named persons, including family members, The Fourth Estate reported.
See copies of the will below:
Scores of Ghanaians on social media, specifically Twitter, have reacted after it emerged that the will of the late former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission contained some parcels of land at the Achimota Forest.
YEN.com.gh compiled some of the comments below:
Ghanaian comedian DKB GHANA said:
''My eye just LANDED on late Sir John's will, and it LANDED me into deep thoughts of where the future of our LANDS will LAND us, this his will is a powerful will by a LANDslide impact, God save our motherLAND.''
''Ashantis and this dema "Wofa Ade3" thing, why would Sir John give the majority of his estate to his nephew at the expense of his own children. This doesn't sit well with me at all.''
''Just read a piece of Sir John’s will, and I’m sad cause when things like this happen, we just rant about it, and no one is punished hmm.''
''Honestly, though, if Sir John owns that much land in Achimota Forest and Ramsar, I bet he's not the only one. Be like they already share the forest finish ooo! What a country!''
''Read Sir John’s Will and plan your life again. It’s never too late to start again.''
Achimota Forest: Documents Covering Sir John’s Listed Lands In Will Requested By Government
YEN.com.gh previously reported that the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources requested all the documents covering late Sir John’s Achimota Forest lands as mentioned in what is believed to be his last will and testament.
The late former CEO of the Forestry Commission allegedly willed vast acres of the Achimota Forest lands to various family relatives.
The leaked will popped up after the government denied that there is a plan to sell off portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve for commercial development.
Details of the Achimota Forest lands listed among Sir John’s willed properties
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that the leaked documents said to be the last will and testament of the late Sir John show he owned parcels of the disputed Achimota Forest lands.
The leaked documents sighted by YEN.com.gh shows that the former governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary, who died in 2020, willed various properties, including large swathes of the lands to various beneficiaries.
On the fourth page of the said will, the following lands at the Achimota Forest have been allocated as follows: “I give my land situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever