VRA allegedly destroys 12-acre mature corn farm at Old Apaaso

Social News VRA allegedly destroys 12-acre mature corn farm at Old Apaaso
NOV 10, 2023 LISTEN

Some 20 personnel of the Volta River Authority (VRA) at Akosombo together with some security personnel are alleged to have destroyed 12 acres of maize farm at Old Apaaso.

The farm which belongs to Lawyer John Akpalu, a US-based Ghanaian lawyer was allegedly destroyed by the VRA officials accompanied by four military officials on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Asegya-Old Apaaso.

Officials of VRA stormed the farm with guns and cutlasses in a Nissan Mini van vehicle with registration number GV 1946-14 with the inscription Akuse Training Center embossed on its side.

According to eyewitnesses, they cut down the 12-acres of corn farm which had only three weeks to mature into fresh corn without any notification to the farm managers.

The owner of the farm, Lawyer John Akpalu, who has been growing corn on his farm at Asegya-Old Apaaso near Akosombo said his main motivation was to grow corn to feed the needy.

He is therefore in a state of utter shock when news got to him that his 12 acres of corn has been completely destroyed by personnel from VRA.

The saddest thing to him is that VRA had not given him any prior notice of ownership interest in the land or given any warning regarding the land. He added that they have also not been served any court restriction order or notice.

In this era when government is encouraging private investment, Lawyer Akpalu finds this situation highly unconscionable that his idea of growing corn to augment Ghana's food stock would be met with such callousness.

"I intended to donate to people who have lost their livelihoods in the recent flood brought upon them by VRA’s negligent management of the spillage from the Volta and Kpong Dams. This is heartbreaking and sad at the same time. If Ghanaians wonder why investors are not rushing to Ghana, it is such lawlessness", Lawyer Akpalu emphasized.

Lawyer John Akpalu has vowed to drag VRA to court to seek compensation and punitive damages to deter such lawless behaviour from reoccurring in the future.

Nana Otieku Amoah Asare III, the registered owner and custodian of the Old Apaaso lands and the lessor, has explained that VRA only required a 280-foot buffer from the Volta River.

"The corn farm is 1,600 feet from the river and I find the situation very difficult to comprehend," Nana said.

The chief of the area is also contacting his lawyers to obtain an injunction to prevent VRA from taking such lawless action in future.

DC Kwame Kwakye
DC Kwame Kwakye

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