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 Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto

Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
The Ministry of Food and agriculture( MOFA) had a press conference at their head office in Accra concerning the encroachment of government lands nationwide.

Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto who is the Minister for Food and agriculture in his speech emphasized that, "The Ministry of Food and agriculture (MOFA) has commenced a nationwide exercise to reclaim all lands belonging to the Ministry which have been encroached by individuals /institutions.

This exercise is aimed at putting the encroached lands to the original purposes for which they were acquired.
These include the establishment of demonstration farms for National Service personnel as well as research demonstration plots for the development of Ghana's agricultural sector."

Speaking to Hon. Osei Akoto added, the exercise forms part of moves to meet the accommodation needs of staff of the Ministry and the general public through construction of affordable housing units. It must be stressed however that this nationwide exercise is being conducted with human face taking into consideration the socio-economic needs of people who may be affected in the process.

To this end, the Minister has directed the Task force in charge of the operation to consider person living in areas which have been heavily encroached by regularising their stay whilst those in light encroached ones will be totally demolished and confiscated."

According him, "The Ministry is therefore sending strong caution to groups and individuals selling or buying government lands  especially those belonging to MOFA to desist from the act or face full rigorous of the law."

Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto concluded by saying , individual /institutions that have encroached on MOFA lands are being advised to vacate instantly to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. Any information can be contacted by Mr. Clemence Gyato with this number (0264036219)."

Source: | Kofi Dwumah

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