Sole Commissioner Summons More Volta Lake Beneficiaries

The Judgement Debts Commission will this morning question more beneficiaries of the GH¢138 million land compensation package from the Government in 2008, for people whose lands were submerged during the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the 1960s

Those appearing are Nana Nsianya of Dindor, Nana Kadewura of Dantemanso, Nana Obuiman of Grubi, Nana Ofosu Okofrobour II and Denteh Kwesi of Motodua, and Kwame Ananey of Dentewiase.

Another batch is also due on Tuesday, September 2; they are Nana Yaw Donkor of Odefo/Borae/Abrokornor, Nana Kwaku Beyenor, Busumu Simon and Chikpa of Dambai, Johannes Koomson of Monkra, Lawyer Owusu Yeboah (representing Tapahene) and Nana Kwame Collector of Akaniem.

A third batch scheduled for Wednesday, Septeember 3, is made up of Nana Kanya of Bejamse, Nana Dandanba of Anyinawase, Mr Addo of Dormanbin, O. Danso and John Gyamfi of Akroso/Asukawkaw, Opanyin Kwabena Antwi of Ntoabouma, as well as Samuel Awuku Hevi and Enock Akwasabi Gbertey of Odumasi-Krobo.

Mr Justice Yaw Apau, the Sole Commissioner, told the first batch of witnesses last Thursday, that the Commission had not targeted anyone for wrong doing, neither was it witch hunting anybody; rather, it only wanted to establish the facts surrounding the payment of judgement debts and compensations by the state from 1992 to date.

“The Commission’s work is to investigate these payments and submit its final report to the President for the necessary action to be taken” he stated.

The first batch of witnesses gave evidence last Thursday where it came to light that some of the beneficiaries were not qualified to benefit from the package.

The affected communities, described as “Volta River Basin Flooded Areas”, comprise Pai, Apaaso, Makango, Ahamandi and Kete Krachi Traditional Areas, all in the Volta Region.

But the counsel for the witnesses, Mr Kwame Yankyera, told the commission that his clients had not employed any dubious means to defraud the state, adding that their claims were genuinely made.

By Castro Zangina-Tong




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