Parts of Achimota’s forest lands in his will were given to his relatives.
On page 4 of the will, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, whose office was located in Achimota Forest until his death, stated that “I give my land situated in Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5,541 acres to the following people forever.
- Yaw Amoateng Afriyie – One (1) acre
- Eva Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
- Ivy Akua Afriyie – One (1) acre
- Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother) – One (1) Acre
- Michael Owusu – 1,541 acres
Page 5 of the will also states that “I give my land also situated in Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987 acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu and Kwabena Amoateng forever.”
“I jointly own land in Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu. Upon my death, my share of said land should be given to Ruth Korkor Odonkor,” he added.
“I give my portion of land which co-owns Achimota Forest in the name of DML Limited to Elizabeth Asare Boateng who at the time of writing this will is domiciled in the United States forever,” the will reads.
Sir John in the will indicated that he owned land in the Ramsar area at Sakumono in Accra.
“I give my land located in the Ramsar area at Sakumono in the Greater Accra region and measuring 5.07 acres to my sisters Abena Saah and her children, Comfort Amoateng and her children, Abena Konadu and Juliet Akua Arko and her children apart equal forever,” he said.
The Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) defines a Ramsar site as “a wetland site designated as being of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands and their sustainable and wise use”. of their resources.
According to CERSGIS, the Sakumono site “is the only wetland 100% owned by the government and is intended to protect Sakumono, Tema and their surroundings from flooding and pollution, to fish farming for the Sakumono lagoon , as well as recreational activities”.
The Ministry of Lands will probe
The Department of Lands and Natural Resources has said it will investigate a document alleging Sir John included parts of Achimota Forest land in his will attributed to relatives.
The ministry, in a statement reacting to a series of statements on social media, said it had requested all documents related to the land in question as part of an investigation to verify the veracity of the allegations.
He said the department took “a very serious view of the allegations”.
“The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been drawn to a document doing the rounds on social media, which alleges that the late former Director General of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, included parts of the forest of Achimota in his will, and given to persons related to him.
“The Ministry takes the allegations very seriously and has requested all documents relating to the land in question, as part of an initial investigation to verify the veracity of the allegations. Considering that the matters which form the basis of the allegations are prior to the mandate of the current Minister, the Honorable Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, it is important that he be seized of all the facts to enable him to take the appropriate measures, if, indeed, the assertions are founded” , he added.
This is Sir John’s will (Credit: The Fourth Estate)