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Owoo family will enter record books as Ghana’s biggest extended family – Ablakwa

North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that the Owoo family, the family reported to be the custodial owners of lands where the Achimota forest is located in Accra, will definitely enter record books as Ghana’s biggest extended family.

His comment follows the issues surrounding the planned declassification of the Achimota Forest.

In a tweet, Mr Ablakwa said “The Owoo family will definitely enter record books as Ghana’s biggest extended family. It’s much clearer now that OWOO is a code for: Officials Within Organized Operations. The reason I went to the Supreme Court in 2008 against public officials buying govt lands — BAN this now!”

The family had said in a statement that it suffered grave historical injustices over the non-payment of compensation to it for the State’s acquisition in 1927.

“We, the Owoo Family, have restrained ourselves from participating in the ongoing debate as a result of good advice and judgment. We however reluctantly wish to set a few records straight as follows; The Owoo Family, the pre-acquisition owners, of all the land acquired in 1921 and 1927 for the Achimota School, have suffered grave historical injustice;

“The family have had to, in the past, accept and/or acquiesce to terms to enable it move on which it strongly believes have been unfair and unjust; The much talked about 19th August, 2016 ceremony which has been erroneously stated in the public as an occasion when land was released to the Owoo family is false and misleading.

“That ceremony was a sod cutting ceremony for the development of the Achimota Forest into an Eco-Tourism park. The Owoo Family were mere invitees/guest.”

Read their full statement below:

RE: ACHIMOTA FOREST AND MATTERS ARISING

We, the Owoo Family, have restrained ourselves from participating in the ongoing debate as a result of good advice and judgment.

We however reluctantly wish to set a few records straight as follows;

1. The Owoo Family, the pre-acquisition owners, of all the land acquired in 1921 and 1927 for the Achimota School, have suffered grave historical injustice;

2. The family have had to, in the past, accept and/or acquiesce to terms to enable it move on which it strongly believes have been unfair and unjust;

3. The much talked about 19th August, 2016 ceremony which has been erroneously stated in the public as an occasion when land was released to the Owoo family is false and misleading. That ceremony was a sod cutting ceremony for the development of the Achimota Forest into an Eco-Tourism park. The Owoo Family were mere invitees/guest;

4. The Owoo Family has always maintained that compensation has not been paid for the 1927 acquisition; and

5. The acreage due the Owoo family was arrived at through a long standing negotiations which in many respects predates the current administration. This was done with the active involvement of various State technical negotiators and agencies.

The Owoo family has petitioned all governments in the fourth republican dispensation and indeed is yet to take possession of any parcel of land to date.

We commit to conducting ourselves in a manner which will not compromise the ecological integrity of the adjoining forest reserve and call on the general public to please disregard any misleading contributions to the ongoing public discussions.

END

John Kwartey Nee Owoo

Francis Kwatei Nee Owoo

Nii Kwate Owoo

George Kwatey Owoo

Frank Nii Kwartey Owoo

Nat Holly Nii Owoo

George Annan Owoo.

PRINCIPAL ELDERS
OWOO FAMILY
ACCRA

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