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Finally, Leaked NPP Gurus Drops In The Names of Achimota Forest Land Grabbers

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Finally, Leaked NPP Gurus Drops In The Names of Achimota Forest Land Grabbers

The name of the late Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and former Director of Operations of the Commission Charles Owusu have been named as some of the beneficiaries of lands at the Achimota Forest.

MyNewsGh.com has however stumbled upon a document suggesting these two individuals are only a fraction of the total of over 50 beneficiaries of lands in the area after its reclassification.

If the list in possession of this portal is anything to go by then the names of the two persons who are card-bearing members of the current administration is just the tip of the iceberg as some persons including officials of government, some through their assignees are neck-deep in the land grabbing.

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Sources reveal that 361 acres of Forest Reserve land have been reclassified for redevelopment and use but only allowed 120 acres are to be given to the Owoo family.

This leaves over 240 acres that are being sold to cronies and relatives of the current administration through the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor when the matter broke out claimed the 92-year-old Forest is not for sale and has not been sold.

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Currently, the Achimota Forest Reserve boasts of approximately 5.23km² of land according to the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas DOPA under the European Union Commission and when the Achimota Forest was gazetted in 1930 by Ghana’s Colonial authorities as a reserve, it had a total size of 494.95 hectares.

Section 19 of the Forestry Act 1927 grants the President of Ghana the right to de-designate a land classified as a Forest Reserve for any other use he/she considers fit.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Until You Sack Wontumi, You Can Never Fight Galamsey – Captain Smart To Akufo-Addo

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Until You Sack Wontumi, You Can Never Fight Galamsey – Captain Smart Boldly Tells Akufo-Addo

Host of Maakye on Onua TV/FM, Blessed Godsbrain Captain Smart has said until President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sacks Chairman Wontumi, his fight against galamsey would forever be a figment of his imagination.

Captain Smart was commenting on the President’s visit to the Ashanti Region over the increasing galamsey and other projects halted in the garden city after Onua TV/Akoma FM jointly held a Peoples’ Assembly which brought to bear several issues confronting the residents.

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Captain Smart, who has mentioned Bernard Antwi Bosiako, a.k.a. Wontumi, a regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, as a kingpin in the illegal mining business said the President’s visit to discuss among other things, the increasing galamsey in the region would yield no result until Wontumi is ousted.

“There is only one media house in this country that can go to the Ashanti region and in less than a week, the president has to go there. Because the issues popping up are many. But Nana Addo, sack Wontumi before you can fight galamsey. Until you sack him, you can never fight galamsey,” he said.

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On roads and infrastructure, whilst Onua TV and Akoma FM reporters relayed that some roads, specifically Santasi Apire, was in bad shape, some residents who are believed to be party faithful debunked the reports saying the road was under  contruction.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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NDC Name Top Officials Involved In Galamsey In Ashanti Region

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NDC Name Top Officials Involved In Galamsey In Ashanti Region

The Ashanti Region Communications Bureau of the major opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is alleging top executives of their archrivals are neck-deep in the growing galamsey menace.

The NDC specifically pointed fingers at New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ashanti Region Communication Director Dennis Kwakwa as “deeply involved in the galamsey menace including other top executives in the region”.

When probed by host of Akoma FM‘s GhanAkoma Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin to withdraw his comment because his platform has no evidence to his claims, Director of Communication for NDC in Ashanti Region Abass Nurudeen insisted that “I know what I’m saying Kofi. You can disassociate yourself from what I’m saying but it’s not mere allegation”.

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Mr Nurudeen while speaking on the show Tuesday, October 4, explained that he is aware and has reliable information that almost all the national and regional executives of the NPP have concessions and are assiduously digging into the Earth’s belly for the precious metal at the expense of the ecology.

Reacting to the NDC allegations was member of the NPP communication team, Baafour Asaase Gyimah.

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He explained that “though Mr Nurudeen is just making empty allegations, I will advise him to be careful because such insinuations can really cost you your political career but I can categorically say none of the NPP executives I know are legitimately involved in small-scale mining but galamsey I doubt any of my executives will have himself involved”.

The issue of galamsey has been topical in recent times especially when the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II waded into the topic and quizzed why government’s numerous fights on galamsey have proven futile.

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Ghanaians Are Suffering Everyday Under Our Economic Situation Worse – John Mahama

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Ghanaians Are Suffering Everyday Under Our Economic Situation Worse – John Mahama

Former President, John Dramani Mahama who also doubles as the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has once again lamented the country’s economic woes.

Mr. Mahama in a Twitter post on Tuesday noted that the economic situation is “distressing” and getting worse by the day.

The NDC flagbearer for the 2020 elections called on the government to, promptly and with eagerness, secure a programme from the IMF to stabilize the country’s economy.

“Distressing! Every passing day makes our economic situation worse. Gov’t must work with greater alacrity to lock in a programme with the Fund in order to create a more predictable economic outlook,” John Mahama tweeted on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, Rating agency, Moody’s has downgraded Ghana’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to CAA2 from CAA1 and placed the ratings on review for downgrade.

The rating downgrade to CAA2, it said, reflects the recent macroeconomic deterioration, further heightening the government’s liquidity and debt sustainability difficulties and increasing the risk of default.

This follows the recent downgrade of Ghana’s credit rating to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’ by Fitch.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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