Judgement Debts Commission Invites Nii Adjei Asaawa

Nii Adjei Kpobi Asaawa II, Head of the Agbawe Family, has been invited by the Judgement Debts Commission to appear before it on July 30, 2014, to expatiate on the claim of ownership to the Adentan State Housing lands in the Greater Accra Region.

The invitation followed a petition he submitted to the Commission challenging 32 others, including Nii Sowah Kataban II, who are also claiming the 2,068.99 acre land acquired by the state for its housing project.Sole Commissioner,Justice Yaw Apau (1)

Giving evidence before the Commission yesterday, Mr. Kwesi Bentsi-Enchil, the Chief Valuer at the Land Valuation Division (LVD) of the Lands Commission in-charge of compensation, said the original acquisition of the land in 1994 went through a series of amendments in 1991 and finally through an Executive Instrument (EI) 15 of 1992.

He said records at the office indicate that the land was valued in 1996 at 21.7 billion old cedis (GH¢2.7 million), adding that no compensation has been paid yet.

He mentioned Nungua and La stools as the major claimants with other people included in the claim of ownership.

The Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau, asked the witness (Mr. Bentsi-Enchil) whether the land in dispute was surveyed on the basis of individual ownership, but the chief valuer answered in the negative saying, “The office does not go out to undertake individual survey”.

The petitioner, Nii Kpobi, was not able to appear before the Commission but sent Mr. John Sowah, a family member to request for an adjournment which the Sole Commissioner obliged, and asked him (Nii Kpobi) to come with his lawyer on July 30, to give his side of the story.

The Judgement Debts Commission has the mandate to investigate matters pertaining to valuation of state lands and whether compensations have also been paid to the rightful land owners.

Sitting continues today. By Castro Zangina-Tong


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