Minority calls for public inquiry into Akufo-Addo’s EI on Achimota Forest

The Minority in Parliament is demanding a public inquiry into the Executive Instrument (EI) signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in declassifying portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve.

The EI was signed on Thursday, March 31 under Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP.157).

Its statutory enforcement on the Achimota Forest Reserve, in particular, came into effect on Sunday, May 1.

By the EI, the District Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority, which has jurisdiction over the Achimota Forest, is to prepare a master plan for the redevelopment of the declassified portions.

But at the resumption of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament on Tuesday, May 24, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu called for an inquiry, which will identify all the beneficiaries of the declassified portions of the forest reserve.

“Mr Speaker, without any hesitation, this must be treated as an urgent matter,” the Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP) stated.

“The President must open a public inquiry into the declassification of the Achimota Forest and let the public know who got what for what.”

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