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Stop selling Accra lands indiscriminately

Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, has advised chiefs in the region to put an end to the indiscriminate sale of lands.

Addressing the 2021 Homowo Lecture series in Accra, Mr Henry Quartey said the rate at which chiefs in Accra sell lands is stifling the region’s needed development.

These things give the region a bad name he added.

He made the invite this morning, together with the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Ebenezer Kojo Kum and Council of State Member for Greater Accra, Hon. Enoch Teye Mensah.

“The chiefs take four acres of land and then exchange it for 4×4 vehicles. The outsiders will use those lands for real estate development and sell them to others to the region’s disadvantage. Not only that, there are a lot of buildings and houses in the region, but the landlords have rented them all out for commercial purposes. Some have also been leased for 40  or 50 years to non-indigenes.”

“Some private individuals are also selling lands in Ga communities for US$300,000 to Chinese nationals. If they are unable to pay too, then they exchange the lands with cars. There are also about 30,000 land litigation issues at the court involving Ga Chiefs. No wonder, there are some communities with about four chiefs,” he said.

This he said has increased the demand for landguards in the region.

The Minister also used the occasion to advise against acts of division between members of the Ga community, adding that the manner the Greater Accra Region lags behind can probably be reversed if indigenes foster unity among themselves for a collective goal.


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