Parts of Achimota Forest in Accra, in the southern outskirts handed over to the Owoo family in 2013, are no longer a forest reserve.

It follows the entry into force of Executive Instrument (EI) 144 issued in the name of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on April 19, 2022.

This means that as of May 1, 2022, these portions, [361 acres] sections of which had been developed and had already been granted to the Owoo family in September 2013 are no longer a forest reserve.

But the family, in a statement to set the record straight, said “the much talked about ceremony on August 19, 2016, which was erroneously declared in the public as an occasion when the land was returned to the Owoo family, is false and misleading. This ceremony was a grass cutting ceremony for the development of Achimota Forest into an ecotourism park. The Owoo families were mere guests.

He said: “The acreage due to the Owoo family was obtained through long-standing negotiations which in many respects predate the current administration. It was done with the active participation of various negotiators and agencies. state technology.

“The Owoo family has petitioned all Fourth Republican Dispensation governments and indeed has not yet taken possession of any parcel of land to date.”