Committee tasked to settle land dispute between La Traditional Council, military

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A five-member committee has been constituted to deal with the impasse between the Military and the La Traditional Council over disputed parcels  of land around Burma Camp in Accra.

This follows a meeting between officials of the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, the Military High Command and the La Traditional Council on Friday April 23, 2021.

The committee, which is made up of representatives of all the stakeholders, has been tasked to come up with some measures and options to be considered by the government to resolve the impasse.

A statement from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said “the Minister believes, [this] will help bring finality to this age-old matter and ensure peaceful co-existence between the Ghana Armed Forces and the people of La.”

The sector minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor while expressing confidence in the ability of the Committee to deliver on its mandate, tasked the Committee to be guided by the facts and law pertaining to the subject land.

The committee is expected to complete its work within two weeks and present its report by Friday, 7th May, 2021.

The members of the committee are:

Chairman –       Benito Owusu-Bio (Deputy Minister Designate, Lands and Natural Resources Ministry)

Representative of the Ghana Armed Forces   –  Brig. Gen. Benjamin Amoah-Boakye

Representative of the La Traditional Council  –       Mr. Lawrence Sacketey

Representative of the Lands Commission      –       Ms. Mabel Yemidi

Representative of the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources       –       Mr. James Dadson (Member/Secretary)

The military and the people of La have been involved in an age-long impasse over some lands within the Burma Camp catchment area.

Recently, some soldiers beat and chased away demonstrators who were protesting over the alleged encroachment of La Stool lands by the military.

Some of the media personnel who were there to cover the protest were also beaten and manhandled by some of the soldiers at the scene.

The group within the La Traditional Council, the Coalition of La Associations, defied orders of the police to suspend their intended demonstration.

The land in contention is between Tse Addo and Airport Hills, around the Military Cemetery. – CNR

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