State Land Thievery At East Legon
A state-lands-looting brigade which has been amassing prime lands for self-fish interests is at it again and, this time, they have targeted a reserved zone land in the Monrovia Road area at East Legon in Accra.
The looters are using every necessary means to grab the stretch of land that is very close to the main drain at East Legon at the blind side of the authorities.
What is making the entire move very murky, is the fact that those chasing the land have started constructing some bridge on the drain to gain access to the land, something that will block the flow of water when the rains set in and will lead to floods in the area.
The area in question falls under the jurisdiction of the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly, and it is not clear whether or not the land looters have the backing of the Assembly to grab the reserved land.
The Anchor’s checks have established that, the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) that is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of land and human settlement has not rezoned the area for it to be grabbed.
The dirty agenda of the state looters come at the heels of the establishment of a 10-member Public Lands Protection Team to ensure the protection of lands owned by the state.
The team is clothed with the mandate to review the status of state-acquired lands to enable government to make informed decisions on these lands.
Strangely, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources’ team has not reviewed the status of the Monrovia Road area reserved zone for any individual or group of people to possess it.
Bent on possessing the state-reserved land, the looters have engaged the services of armed land guards to ward off residents who are opposed to the loot.
It would be recalled that the Ministry of Works and Housing has vowed to deal with persons who will erect structures on water ways, as floods are disturbing the country.
Meanwhile, a hydrologist has described the developments at the Monrovia Road area reserved zone as extremely dangerous.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he told The Anchor that nobody in his right frame of mind would construct a bridge on a water way.
According to him, should the authorities watch the reserved zone to be looted, flooding will be a huge problem for the area that is regarded as a plush enclave.
“I have had the opportunity to visit the area and I was surprised with what I saw. It was just too terrible, as it would endanger the lives and property in the area in the future,’’ he said.
He added: “Water flows in the drain that the bridge is being constructed on and, trust me, it is just appropriate for that to happen because someone wants to get hold of the reserved land.’’