Land Grabbing Akufo-Addo promises decisive action on encroachment of school lands

Decrying the forceful takeover of school lands, the president promised a swift and "satisfactory" solution to the development.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to deal urgently with the encroachment of school lands.

Decrying the forceful takeover of school lands, the president promised a swift and "satisfactory" solution to the development.

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The president was speaking at the  90th-anniversary celebration of Achimota School on Saturday, March 4, 2017, as the guest of honour.

 

"The safety and security of Achimota cannot be the responsibility of only those who go to school here or are old students. Achimota is a national icon. It belongs to the people of Ghana and the conversation about what happens to Achimota cannot be limited to a discussion within these walls,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Other schools have lost lives, not on the dramatic scale of Achimota but what little they have lost means they no longer have a playing field and the consequences are equally grave. The problem of encroachment of school lands as a whole will receive urgent attention from my government," he added.

The president made the statement in response to an appeal by the headmistress of the school, Beatrice Adom, to help deal with the encroachment of the school's land.

play The school has been battling with land encroachers and marauding land grabbers for years.

 

According to her,  there have been instances where land guards have threatened staff members of the school occupying school bungalows to vacate such facilities claiming they're the owners of the land on which such facilities have been built.

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The school has been battling with land encroachers and marauding land grabbers for years.

To this end, she appealed to the government to help wall the school to protect the school's properties, students and staff.

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