La youth on collision course with military over land

Augustine Nii Amoah Nai(second from left) addressing the media. With  him are Jeffrey Tetteh ,Nii Okpoti Mensah and Mr Konney Mensah.Photo Seth Osabukle .The Coalition of La Youth Associations (COLA) has given a seven-day ultimatum to the government to release lands encroached on by the Ghana Armed Forces to the La Stool.

It urged President John Dramani Mahama, who is the Commander-In-Chief of GAF, to initiate the process of releasing the lands to their owners.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, Mr. Augustine Nii Amoah Nai, spokesperson for the coalition, said the ultimatum was the final appeal to government to hand over the about 1,200-acre land belonging to the stool.

He said the youth of La and Ga Dangbe were disappointed in the President over his silence concerning the issue since GAF continued to encroach on their lands and mishandle farmers on them.

He said despite the Attorney General’s advice to GAF to stop all activities on the land until the necessary transfer processes were completed the military had rather extended its activities into the virgin area that had never been under dispute.

“Now indigenous citizens of La do not have a place to farm and we cannot continue to suffer humiliation from GAF any time our farmers try to use the land. This is our final appeal to the President to intervene before we advise ourselves”, he declared.

“We believe that a word from the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces would have brought some order and sanity to bear on this rather unfortunate behaviour by the military,” he said.

Mr. Nai said the youths of La were also disappointed on how government intends to sell the Ghana International Trade Fair Company without involving the custodians who gave the land.

He said since the land was given to government without compensation, it needs to settle the custodians before it could privatise the fair.

“We would wish that this move is aborted until all issues relating to the compensation of the Trade Fair acquisitions are addressed. Those individuals, including some government officials reported to have bought parcels of land inside the fair are warned,” he said.



By Bernard Benghan     

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