The Akufo-Addo government through an Executive Instrument (E.I) has said the Achimota forest is no longer a forest reserve.
An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.
“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” a portion of the E.I said.
This is to pave way for a redesign, reclassification and development of the area.
The cessation takes effective from May 1, 2022.
But some Ghanaians have raised concerns over the decision of the government, with some alleging that the reserve will be redeveloped by government agents.
However, the Minister for Lands and natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jianpor has debunked claims that the forest reserve has been sold.
The Achimota Forest Reserve is the only existing urban forest in Accra sandwiched by Achimota School to the West, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to the East, Christian Village to the North and the George Walker Bush Motorway to the South.