The Coalition of La Association (COLA), an advocacy group which promotes and spearheads the social and economic development of the people of La in the Greater Accra region has called on government to compensate the community for lands acquired or return undeveloped ones which have not been used for its intended purpose to them.
According to the group, La community have not been compensated for lands acquired by government in areas such as the Burma Camp, Headquarters of the Southern Command, Ghana Civil Aviation, lands at Adenta-Osenaman and the site for Dairy farm project at Amrahia and Kweiman.
The group has therefore vowed to embark on a demonstration by 30th of September, 2020, if government continues to show a lukewarm attitude to these burning issues.
The Association accused government of forcefully seizing lands without proper acquisition procedures, brutalizing, and opressing the people of La on their own lands.
Presenting a petition dated 6th August, 2020 and signed by the Executive Secretary Dr. Albert Tetteh Botchway to the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Ishmael Ashitey, the Vice President of the Coalition of La Association (COLA), Mr. Daniel M.K. Okpoti said other areas that government has trampled upon includes Trade Fair site, University of Ghana, Presbyterian Boys School (PRESEC) and the Madina Department of Social Welfare.
“Governments have acquired land for various purposes such as offices, ministries, departments, commissions, military bases, camps and installations and yet no compensation have been paid to the La Stool hence the people of La are aggrieved by the way government handles lands within the jurisdiction of La.” he noted
In the petition, the Executive Secretary said government has failed to compensate the custodial owners of the land and pointed out that some groups of La in the bid to fight for their rights on land related issues were brutalized and severely beaten up by the military and government agents because of their presence on the land, saying the military have ignored all warnings by residents to desist from encroaching on the lands.
The Gt. Accra Regional minister, Mr. Ishmael Ashitey received the petition on behalf of Government and promised to present it to the appropriate authorities for further discussions.
Citing an incidence along the beach, the Executive Secretary, said the La Youth have established the Laboma beach which has created jobs, boost tourism activities, enhanced recreation and generated employment among others but the military have confronted management of the beach on several occasions claiming the facility was built on a military training depot.
He however reminded government in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the year 2016-2017 that authorities will engage and corporate with the traditional authorities to ensure that all undeveloped and unused stool lands belonging to the people of La will be returned to the custodial owners.
“It was also discussed that compensation will be paid to support the La Royal Stool. COLA and the people of La are asking government to treat the people of La with respect and dignity.” he added
Source: Ben LARYEA/Africa News Network