Lands Ministry gives encroachers 21 day ultimatum to vacate lands at Pantang

Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Jinapor

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has given encroachers a 21-day ultimatum to vacate from the National Orthopedic Centre Site and the Regional Mental Hospital sites at Pantang in the Greater Accra Region.

A statement issued and signed by the director of the ministry Patrick Agbesinyale is threatening legal action against persons who refuse to vacate the lands by the end of the ultimatum.

“The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been draw to the fact that there are ongoing encroachments on the National Orthopedic Centre Site at Pantang with Similar encroachment on the Regional Mental Hospital site, also at Pantang in the Greater Accra Region,” the statement said.

“Failure to comply with this directive will compel government through the Lands Commission to initiated action against you in accordance with section 236 of the lands Act, 2020 (Act 1036).”

Below is the full statement 

PRESS RELEASE

DESIST FROM ENCROACHING ON MENTAL HOSPITAL AND NATIONAL ORTHOPEDIC CENTRE LAND – LANDS MINISTRY

The attention of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been draw to the fact that there are ongoing encroachments on the National Orthopedic Centre Site at Pantang with Similar encroachment on the Regional Mental Hospital site, also at Pantang in the Greater Accra Region.  For the avoidance of doubt individuals or group of persons should with immediate effect note that the stated land is a government land acquired for the purposes of Mental Hospital and National Orthopedic Center and that any encroachment or trespass on such lands shall not be tolerated and or permitted.

Such individuals or groups of persons are hereby asked to stop work on the said lands immediately and with all sense of urgency required and remove all the illegal structures within 21 days from the date of this notice/ release.

Failure to comply with this directive will compel government through the Lands Commission to initiated action against you in accordance with section 236 of the lands Act, 2020 (Act 1036).  The Ministry also seizes this opportunity to advise all and sundry who have encroached on public lands to desist from such practice and advise themselves before the law catches up with them.

The general public is also reminded that article 257(1) of the Constitution of the Republic states that “All public lands in Ghana shall be vested in the President on behalf of, and in trust for, the people of Ghana.  The Lands Commission has therefore been mandated to manage all such public lands.

SIGNED

PROF. PATRICK AGBESINYALE

CHIEF DIRECTOR

FOR: MINISTER

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