Friday, August 24, 2007
Mamfehene bemoans indiscriminate land sales
Story: NANA KONADU AGYEMAN, Mamfe-Akuapem.
The Chief of Mamfe in the Akuapem Traditional Area of the Eastern Region, Osabarima Ansa Sasraku 111, has expressed concern about the alarming rate at which people in the turn were selling lands to outsiders, who in turn sell the lands to others at exorbitant prices.
He said such unfortunate situations would affect the development of the town in future and called for an end to the practice.
The Mamfehene, who is also the Kyidomhene of the Akuapem Traditional Area, made the remarks when he addressed a grand durbar at Mamfe to mark the 10th Anniversary of his enstoolment.
The event was graced by a number of dignitaries, including the District Chief Executive for Akuapem North, Mr. Edward Adu Aboagye, the Krontihene of Akuapem Traditional Area, Osahene Offei Kwasi Agyeman V1, chiefs and queens, the clergy as well as people from all walks of life.
According to the chief selling of lands to outsiders could lead to economic crises and social tension, since it would not be possible to use lands to undertake any meaningful ventures such as food production and other development projects to improve the socio-economic development of the area.
“The social tension and discontent that we see in other parts of our country will happen here, if we make the mistakes others made by selling out most of the lands to outsiders”, Osabarima Sasraku stated.
He said although the people had to meet certain obligations within a short period, they should still look for other ways of meeting such obligations as using their lands as equity in real estate development, instead of selling them outright.
According to the Mamfehene, since lands in the area were the people’s only natural resource, selling them out to outsiders would, in future, severely undermine the areas rapid development.
He further stated that future generations would express their disappointment at the present generation, including the chiefs and elders for only seeking their selfish interest, adding “if we as people sell everything we have for only a few millions of cedis today, there will be no lands to grow food to eat in the future”.
He expressed his profound gratitude to his sub-chiefs and the people for their support. He also called for unity and a peaceful co-existence among them to ensure the rapid development of the town.
Mr. Aboagye, for his part, commended Osabarima Sasraku for his immense contributions to the welfare of his people as well as helping to mobilize them to undertake a number of development projects. He also called on chiefs not only to set worthy leadership examples for their subjects, but must also be proactive by mobilizing them to initiate and implement self-help development projects that would uplift their communities.
Mr. Aboagye gave the assurance that the assembly would continue to consult Osabarima Sasraku as well as other chiefs in the area on key issues related to the development of the district.
Daily Graphic Friday, August 24, 2007 Page: 20