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10.10.2008 Regional News

Developers At Nungua Farms To Note

By Our Reporter -

DEVELOPERS within the Nungua Farms enclave at Borteyman have been advised to suspend all developments activities in the area until a planning scheme is prepared for the land.

Odehekpakpa Odaifio Welentsi III, Nungua Mantse, made the call after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the Nungua Stool, during the handing over of 1,016 acres of land to the stool as part of government policy to return part of excess lands acquired by the state to its original owners.

The MOU was signed between the government and the Nungua stools at the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines.

The Minister, Mrs Esther Obeng-Dapaad signed on behalf of the government while Ni Welentsi, initially on behalf of the stool.

Under the agreement, the remaining 1,524 acres at Borteyman (Nungua would remain a state property, maintain the state's right to apply it to any relevant public purpose.

It was also agreed that the development of the returned land shall be in accordance with an approved planning scheme.

According to the MOU, until the development scheme had been prepared and duly approved for the area, the Nungua stool land representatives could not develop the land.

“That for the avoidance of doubt, in the event of a breach by the second party (Nungua Stool Land) of this obligation the state shall be entitled to re-enter and forfeit the grant of land hereby made,”  the MOU explained.

It further stated that the Nungua Stool had irrevocably undertaken, agreed and accepted to waive any present or future claims and/or demands in respect of the said parcel of land.

Mrs Obeng-Dapaah said although the government had acquired the land and paid compensation for its acquisition, it decided to give back 40 per cent of the land to its original owners to promote the optional use of lands. 

The decision was also aimed at engendering trust and co-operation between the state and land-owning groups, she said and expressed the hope that the land would be put to its optimum use.

Describing the agreement as unique, Nii Wulentsi thanked government for the gesture saying, “Government has respected our views and handed over that portion of land for development purposes.