• Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Achimota forest to be transformed into a world-class asset – Lands Minister

Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has stated that plans are in the works to transform the Achimota Forest into a world-class asset.

The sector Minister told the press on Tuesday that numerous allegations concerning the putative sale of the Forest are erroneous and unfounded, since the government has no such plans.

According to him, the government “intends to enrich the Achimota forest, revamp it, and hopefully transform it into the likes of High Park in London and Central Park in New York, where Ghanaians can go and enjoy the beauty of nature and forest reserve as it happens in other parts of the world in the not-too-distant future.”

As a result, he warned the public to dismiss any reports concerning the forest’s sale.

“For the avoidance of doubt, neither President Akufo-Addo nor myself or his government intend to sell or redevelop the Achimota forest in its existing form,” he stated.

Achimota forest to be revamped into a world-class asset - Lands Minister

On Tuesday, an eight-page document was extensively distributed on social media, claiming that the Achimota Forest Reserve’s designation had been lifted to allow for prospective reconstruction for other uses.

According to Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927, the area on which the Forest is located will cease to be a forest reserve on May 1, 2022, according to the Executive Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor (CAP. 157).

According to that paper, the ban would take effect on May 1, 2022.

President Akufo-Addo also directed the District Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority to create a master plan for the development of the land.

While preparing the master plan, the Authority was also entrusted with considering the ecological integrity of an adjacent forest reserve, which would be approved by the Sector Minister.

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