It has emerged for the first time that the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was offered a plot of State Land under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration but rejected the offer.
A close aide to Nana Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko of the Danquah Institute, a policy think tank disclosed this on Citi FM.
According to Gabby Otchere-Darko a call came through from the Castle offering Nana Addo the piece of land at the International Students Hostel Area which he (Nana Addo) rejected it.
He said the then Foreign Affairs Minister argued on principle that it was unethical for a Minister of State to receive government land.
The government on Tuesday October 12, said it had halted with immediate effect, the “rampant disposal of state lands in some prime areas of Accra” under the Accra Redevelopment Policy.
It also stated that a report from the National Security on the acquisition of such lands had been referred to the Attorney General’s office for advice on the future of the policy, which was instituted to facilitate the redevelopment of some government lands and houses in prime areas including Cantonments, Airport Residential Area, Kanda, Switchback Road and Ridge.
Meanwhile, Gabby Otchere Darko told Citi FM that state lands acquired by ex government officials can only be retrieved if the lands were not acquired through a legal process.
He added that anyone whose land is wrongfully taken from him should resort to the law court.
A section of the public have argued that the retrieval of State Lands is politically motivated and targeted at ex government officials under the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
However, a Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has argued otherwise.
He told Citi FM in an interview that the exercise to retrieve state lands is not politically tainted but being done in a transparent manner.