Minister chases persons selling gov’t lands, ramsar site occupants

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The Greater Accra Regional Minster, Henry Quartey, has served notice that persons selling lands belonging to government would soon be dealt with.

According to the minister, persons claiming ownership of and selling government lands are flouting the laws and would be punished within the confines of the laws.

“I caution those engaged in selling government lands and deploying land guards to desist from it, as the Regional Security Council will deal swiftly with any acts of lawlessness from such groups”, he said in a media interaction.

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Mr. Quartey also warned that occupants of Ramsar sites would not be spared.

He intimated that irrespective of the building found on any Ramsar site, those structures would be demolished as well.

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The minister’s caution comes barely two months after he led the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), to ascertain the level of destruction caused to Ghana’s Ramsar sited at Tema in the Greater Accra region on Thursday, 7th July 2022.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Quartey reported that “the Ramsar site is internationally recognized and is supposed to hold water from different parts of the country and transit into the sea but the majority has been encroached largely by developers and causing flooding in communities due to the blockage of water into the lagoon.”

“I am being told by some people, I will not be going after [those occupying Ramsar sites]. Tell them, I am coming. Very soon, we will beat the Ramsar sites and if we find that, a church is sitting on a waterway, mark my words, we will pull it down”, said Mr. Henry Quartey as quoted on Citi Newsroom.com.

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