Judgement Debts C’ssion Subpoenaes Sports Min.

SOLE COMMISSIONERThe Sole Commissioner investigating the payment of compensation and judgement debts in the country from 1992 to date, has directed that the Ministry of Youth and Sports be subpoenaed to explain why the site acquired for a National Sports Complex at Nungua, in the Greater Accra Region, is still lying idle.

The 745.272-acre land was acquired in 1999, under the leadership of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

Failure by the ministry to use the land for the intended purpose has culminated in an alleged massive encroachment.

Mr. Kwesi Bentsi-Enchil, Chief Valuer in charge of Compensation Payment at the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission, told the Commission yesterday, that the site was valued at 20,085 billion old cedis which had not been paid to the land owners.

He mentioned the Nungua Stool and Regimanuel Gray Limited, an estate developer, as claimants to the land.

The Chief Valuer  told the Commission that another site, measuring 2,929.73 acres and acquired by the state at Abeka, also in  Accra  for the construction of an Olympic Sports Complex, was re-designed and portions of the land allotted to the State Housing Company (SHC) for residential purposes.

Mr. Bentsi-Enchil said only one out of the 355 claimants to the land had been paid compensation, with the rest pending.

He did not mince words in telling the Commission that the SHC had partially utilised 310 acres out of about 1,100 acres allocated to it for development, and gave the total value of the entire land as GH¢1.5 million.

The Managing Director of SHC, Dr. Mark Nii Akwei Ankrah, who was also subpoenaed on the same matter (Nungua and Abeka sites), said that he was aware of the acquisition but he did not have enough information to speak to the issue since he did not have the Executive Instrument (EI) or the head lease.

He said the construction of the National Olympic Sports Complex did not start, but the land had been encroached upon.

“My Lord, when compensation by the government, delays, then encroachment takes place,” he said, and commended the Commission for exposing some ills to the  public.

Mr. Justice Apau said  the explanation could best be given by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and ordered that the Ministry be subpoenaed to appear on Thursday, August 28.

Sitting continues today.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

 

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