Arable farmland reserved for ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ at Agortor and Ladorm have been destroyed through illegal sale or lease.
The Dakakusi Clan, custodians of the vast land, want the government to come in and protect the rest of their lands, a vast part of which has been reserved for the government’s flagship programme.
The Agortor and Ladorm communities are in the Osuwem in the Shai-Osudoku District, and, according to the 1928 Osudoku State Constitution: “That the clans have their lands and can do whatever they want with it, subject to the approval of the paramountcy, does not mean the lands are stool lands.”
Based on this, Stephen Akwetey, General Secretary and Spokesperson of the Dakakusi Clan, Osudoku, told newsmen at a presser that the clan could not believe the acquisition of its lands by estate developers, when it has not leased or sold them to the developers.
“Somebody has sold over 100 acres of our land for ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ at Agortor to a renowned church in Ghana.
“Apart from that, tracts of farmlands and wells dug for irrigation and water for domestic purposes have been destroyed, and we do not know who is behind this cruelty,” Mr Akwetey said.
He said the Dakakusi clan has resolved to protect the rest of its lands with all their lives, though they have entreated the government and security agencies to step in to investigate the one selling their lands to estate developers and destroying their farmlands for the government’s flagship programme, aimed at food sustainability and creating employment.