By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah
The Minister for Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has expressed the government’s commitment to fulfilling its promises to better the lives of Ghanaians.
This comes after the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), a research group at the University of Ghana, Legon, made its findings known to the general public.
The research was centered on what the citizenry think of the current economic strength of the nation, as well as reformative attempts made by the Akufo-Addo-led administration to improve upon the nation’s economic strength at the moment.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the Ministry in Accra yesterday, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah reiterated the government’s posture on the report and matters arising, saying: “The Akufo-Addo administration views this report first as a feedback which enables us to evaluate our progress of work in creating prosperity and equal opportunities for all.
“Government assures the good people of this country that it remains committed to fulfilling its campaign promises, notably, rebuilding a strong economy, developing strong flagship programmes, and transforming various aspects of our national lives. Specifically, government intends to maintain a strong economic foundation, ensure political stability, and ensure that security is not compromised in the short-term, ensure that gradually more and more Ghanaians benefit from the national cake, and also guard against the risks that were highlighted in the report, in order not to compromise on our collective progress.
“For us, this report is a reflection of the situation on the ground, and confirms what Ghanaians already see and feel. Government will continue to study these several reports with the view to continue the good work, and we will review our policies where necessary.”
The Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Member of Parliament for Akuapim South, Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah, on his part made it clear that his Ministry had not sold any portion of the Department of Parks and Gardens land to any private investor.
Earlier this week, there had been several reports from the media showing pictures of over a 100 trees destroyed, 5,000 plus flowers, and many other ornamental plants that occupied a 2.2 acre land at the headquarters of the Department of Parks and Gardens in Accra, had been sold to a private investor to develop the land.
This development of displacing several properties and many other decorative elements on the said land by some unknown persons at the Department, which is under his outfit, has compelled the Ministry to give a response.
According to the Deputy Minister, “the reality of the matter” is that as far back as 2012, there were attempts by the Mahama-led administration to give a part of the Parks and Gardens land to a private developer to develop residential apartments, and also put up an office for the Parks and Gardens Department.
As a result of that, in November 2016, a total of 2.2 acres of the 9-acre property was leased by the Lands Commission to a private developer for it to carry on with the project.
Mr. Bonsu Amoah continued that after they assumed office, they emphatically expressed that they were not interested in such an initiative, and, therefore, wrote to the Attorney General to advice the Department on what to do, regarding the 2.2-acre land in question.
“Parks and Gardens has decided to build modern offices, event center, and a restaurant” on the said land, and also, “it is the policy of this government that the land would not be used for any residential purpose,” Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah stressed.
He promised that all other matters in relation to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Department of Parks and Gardens would be addressed by the Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, during a meeting with the media next week.