Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has opined that President Akufo-Addo does not have the powers under the Special Planning Land ACT 926 to declassify the Achimota Forest.
Addressing the House on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the lawmaker said the President must immediately call for a public inquiry into the issue surrounding the Achimota Forest Reserve lands.
Haruna Iddrisu questioned the decision by the government to declassify the reserve through E. I 144 arguing the President does not have the legal backing to undertake such an exercise.
“Mr. Speaker, there is the news of declassification of Achimota forest and public officers and politicians grabbing lands in the name of the republic. Without any hesitation this must be treated as an urgent matter the President should open a public inquiry into the declassification of the Achimota and let the public know who bought what and how much.
“We need to appreciate and based on the reliance on the Executive Instrument 144 the Forest Act of 1927 must remind the President and his leadership that they should go and look at the land use and special planning of land ACT 926 retooling and reclassification the mandate was not given to the President,” he disclosed.