Illegal buildings on Kwamoso farmlands to be demolished

The Chairman of the Justice and Security Sub-Committee of the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly, Alhaji Sumaila Mahama has warned illegal developers building houses on the Kwamoso State Farm lands to stop with immediate effect.

He said government acquired the lands for farming and not for construction of residential accommodations and that no one had been mandated to sell the lands for building purposes.

Alhaji Mahama advised those putting up buildings without land titles to stop wasting their resources because at the end of it all, illegal buildings at Kwamoso would be pulled down to protect the lands for farming.

He was speaking to the press after members of the Justice and Peace Sub-Committee had undertaken a fact-finding tour of the Kwamoso State Farm lands to find out the extent to which some people had illegally sold the land for development into residential accommodation.

During the tour, one of the illegal landlords, Kwesi Anof told the committee members that he acquired his two plots of land from one Osofo Fianku Bekoe of Kwamoso at the cost of GH¢1,000 some six years ago.

Other landlords mentioned the names of Twumasi and Kaya all of Kwamoso as people who sold the government lands to them.

Alhaji Mahama said documents available indicated that, the 4,200 acre Kwamoso State Farm land was acquired by the government from 96 individuals and families and fully paid for and so the land was not for any stool.

He said only 104 acres of the land was released for the settlement of flood victims at Kwamoso sometime ago.

The committee members expressed worry at the way some persons were selling the lands with impunity.

Some young farmers had had their farm land sold out and those, who purchased the lands, are threatening them to vacate the place for them to build their houses.

The Kwamoso Farm Lands were acquired in the 1960s by government to establish the State Oil Palm plantation and after the defunct of the Oil Palm Plantation the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly had been using the land for the promotion of youth employment in agriculture.

Source: GNA

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