Pratt fingers NDC officials in State land 'looting'
6/9/2012 4:30:10 PM -
Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr is asking government to establish a full-scale inquiry into land acquisitions in order to ascertain a comprehensive the extent of what he said was the looting of State lands.
According to him that will help in establishing whether or not prices paid for such lands as well as the processes through which those lands were acquired and were fair.
Mr Pratt, who was speaking on Alhaji and Alhaji - a news analysis programme on Radio Gold - Saturday, stated that limiting discussions on the 'looting' of State assets on the controversial Jake bungalow saga would not resolve the issue.
'I think that it is most unfair to limit all of these discussions to Jake Obestebi Lamptey because he is not the only one who has acquired government property,' Pratt noted.
He stated that since Ghana's independence, all other governments except two, have had its members 'looting' State properties. Under the NLC for example, the editor claimed that government officials and their families left office with properties belonging to the state.
'They bought factories that had been built by Nkrumahit is the same thing now.'
'Why? We do know for example that under this administration some government bungalows have changed hands; a typical one is the No. 17 Ringway Crescentit was sold under this administration under very dubious circumstances,' Kwesi Pratt alleged.
He said he was surprised to recount incidences of 'land looting' under the Mills-administration because 'everybody in this administration ought to understand very clearly that one of the reasons people rallied behind the campaign of Professor Mills was the fact that he was going to rationalise the allocation of State lands'
'So how come the people are behaving so recklessly?' He asked.
For Pratt, dismissing the Executive Secretary of Lands Commission is only a cosmetic approach to the problem, insisting that any law allowing public officials to purchase state properties must be scrapped immediately.
'Under no circumstance should land which has been acquired by the State for the purpose of improving national infrastructure be sold to private entities. There is no justification for this policy'