The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Lands and Forestry, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, on 25th August 2021 led a team from the Ministry and the Lands Commission to inspect some State Lands, particularly Amrahia Dairy Farms, sandwiched between the La Nkwantanan Madina and Adenta Municipalities.
Addressing the Media at the Dairy Farms where this inspection took place, the Minister disclosed that these lands were acquired in the 1960s mainly for agricultural and dairy purposes. However, due to low investments, the lands have been left to fallow and encroachers are taking advantage of the situation to steal these lands.
Following this development, the inspection saw an immediate demolition of some buildings and walls beyond the boundary belt, built to protect the land and also the arrest of a self-acclaimed surveyor who was spotted on site.
This action, the Deputy Minister said will serve as a deterrent to cease further encroachment on the State Lands. He also sent out a strong warning, stating emphatically that per the new Land Act 2020 (1036), issues about land encroachment will be dealt with as criminal cases with the culprits immediately arrested and jailed for 15 years.
As a word of advice to the public, the Deputy Minister added “Not all lands must be built upon, some must be left for vegetation and posterity”
He then urged District Assemblies and chiefs to desist from helping the citizens indulge in this act but rather aid the government fight against encroachment on State Lands. On this, he said ” The law is no respecter of persons whether they are ordinary citizen, a chief or even a minister like myself will be arrested and jailed”
On his part, the Dairy Farm Manager, Mr Seth Frimpong, pointed out that over 150 acres of land have been encroached upon out of the total of 1,381 acres and called for an immediate government intervention to salvage the remaining lands.
Accompanying the Deputy Minister who embarked on this inspection on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor was the Acting Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Mr James Ebenezer Dadson.