The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources says it will investigate the allegation that former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John owned some lands in the Achimota Forest and named the said lands in his Will.
A media report had suggested that Sir John in his Will named his children and some individuals related to him as the ones the lands should be given to forever.
The said Will has been circulated on social media, in which five persons have been named as the beneficiaries of the said lands.
It is dated May 20, 2020, a few weeks before Sir John died in July 2020.
The said Will in circulation was certified at the High Court in August 2021.
In a press statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the sector ministry, it said, “The Ministry takes a very serious view of the allegations, and has requested for all documents relating to the lands in question, as part of an initial inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the claims. Considering that the issues that form the basis of the allegations predate the tenure of the current Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, it is important that he is seized with the full facts to enable him take appropriate action, if, indeed, there is any merit in the claims.”