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"Build 100 times, we will bring it down 100 times' – Achimota encroachers warned

The Old Achimotans Association has vowed to employ every lawful means possible to protect school lands facing a rapid decimation by encroachers.

President of the Association, Prof Ernest Aryeetey has warned illegal developers that "if they erect walls a 100 times, we will bring them down a 100 times”.

A 172 acre land is at the heart of a legal battle between the school and Osu traditional leaders who in 2011, took possession of the property located in prime areas in Accra.

The Osu traditional council at a June 16 press conference explained that “It is not as if the Stool went onto the land without following due process. We have been in court with the Lands Commission and the Attorney General over the issue which they lost.”But the OAA President Professor Ernest Aryeetey believes the court verdict handing the land to the original owners was not properly obtained.

The Old Achimotans have appealed the judgment, praying that the court to revert ownership of the land to the school.

Although the suit is yet to be finally determined, it has not stopped some traditional leaders and faceless persons from selling out the land. Developers have grown even more aggressive in building.

“They have come out in full force….they are building day and night,” the OAA President who is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana revealed on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday.

According to Professor Aryeetey, the rapid development is part of the strategy of the encroachers to ensure that it becomes difficult for the courts to order them off the property.

A daring rate of development is expected to deter the school authorities to abandon their claims. Already officials of National Security embarked on a demolition exercise on June 16, in a bid to deter further encroachment. 

The daring constructions and destructive response are also part of a psychological battle between the authorities and the encroachers to find out which of the parties will give up their claim to the land.

According to Professor Ernest Aryeetey, encroachers are bribing their way through to ensure that certain state actors ‘look the other way’ while developments go on.

“There is no doubt in our minds that they believe they can pay their way out; they believe they can bride anybody," he said.

But the professor revealed the OAA’s determination to be uncompromising in fight for its lands.

“We are going to be in there for a long hull. We will sue banks that finance developers, sue anybody who is developing  we will make it difficult for everybody even for the state”.

The land areas under contention include land in the Achimota Folly, Achimota School Farm, portions of Achimota land adjoining the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and on lands that are in close proximity to students’ boarding accommodation on the western compound of the school, an OAA petition explained.


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Last updated at : 29 June,2016
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