The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has cautioned chiefs in the Ashanti Region to desist from multiple and fraudulent sale of land or face dire consequence including instant destoolment from their thrones.
Chiefs and traditional authorities, particularly caught selling land acquired by the state or Asanteman for national purposes, will suffer this action.
He also urged the chiefs and traditional authorities to be wary of fraudsters parading as investors with “grandiose plans and projects” to acquire huge parcels of land at cheap prices only to turn round and sell them to people and institutions for private use and thereby ripe higher gains than actual land owners.
The Asantehene made the assertion at the “Orientation and Sensitization” workshop organised by the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs in Kumasi.
His speech was read on his behalf by Daasebre Osei Bonsu II, the Mamponghene and the Vice President of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.
The Otumfuo said in situations where the chiefs were engaged in genuine land sales for real investors, it would be appropriate for them to acquire equity in those projects and activities which would be of benefit for the traditional areas and future generations instead of the chiefs collecting monies from such transactions most often for personal gains.
In a welcome address, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, decried the activities of chiefs who engaged in frivolous land sales which lead to the haphazard development of towns and cities without due recourse to laid out plans for physical development.
In his opening address, Mr. Mike Hammah, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, reminded the chiefs of the negative impact of illegal small-scale mining otherwise known as ‘Galamsey’ which was fast destroying the country’s forest cover and polluting water bodies.
He said the high gold price on the world market had made low grade ores profitable, thus making illegal miners work pay, particularly with connivance of some chief and landowners.
Those who connive, thus threw operational safety to the wind creating untold human and ecological dangers.