Group Petitions Mahama Over Achimota Land

Akora Neil Armstrong Mortagbe (six left) in a pose with members of the group before the press conference

A GROUP calling itself the Achimota School Land Petition Group has petitioned President John Mahama to as a matter of urgency halt the ongoing encroachment of the Achimota School Land.

The group made up of about 1500 old students and friends of the school, also petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Attorney-General, Lands Commission, and Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the Chief Justice, Ministers of Education, Lands and Natural Resources and Local Government, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and authorities of the Achimota School, to assist the President in stopping further encroachment of the school land.

Addressing the media on behalf of the Group yesterday, Akora Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, an old student of Achimota School, indicated that the petition specifically, implored all the stakeholders to among other things place a moratorium on all land sales and illegal development of Achimota School land.

He said the petition also requested that President Mahama commission an investigation on all sales and encroachment activity on the said land and help stop the issuance of permits and registration of the land.

Commenting on the current situation of the encroachment on the school land, he bemoaned that ‘a significant portion of the school land has been taken over by private developers and others.

These private developers and other encroachers, according to him, have and continue to construct residential and other buildings on the land in the Achimota Folly, Achimota School farm, portions of Achimota School adjoining the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and on lands that are in close proximity to students’ boarding accommodation on the western compound of the school.

‘Clearly, such encroachment and outright theft, especially by the more well to do in our country, undermines our nation’s capacity to expand educational opportunity for ordinary Ghanaians and to enhance the quality of teaching and learning for future generations,’ he cried.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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