Upper West Region: Regional Minister takes bold action to halt land grabbing

Stephen Yakubu, took a decisive step towards preserving government lands by instructing the Lands Commission to halt their allocation to private individuals.

The Upper West Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has taken a decisive step towards preserving government lands by instructing the Lands Commission to halt their allocation to private individuals.

This move was prompted by a pressing concern raised by the overlord of the Waala Traditional Council, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, during a formal meeting at his palace.

The overlord, expressing apprehension to President Akufo Addo in his last visit to the region, emphasised the urgency of preventing the sale of government lands to ensure their availability for future developmental projects.

Responding to the overlord’s appeal, President Akufo Addo swiftly tasked the Upper West Regional Minister with addressing the matter without delay.

In adherence to this directive, the Regional Minister engaged in discussions with the Lands Commission to implement an immediate cessation of government land allocations to private entities.

Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, reminded the minister about the situation and he pledged to conduct thorough investigations into existing allocations, potentially revoking them if necessary.

Stephen Yakubu unveiled these developments during a courtesy visit to the Wa Naa Palace on 7 May 2024.

He also seized the opportunity to introduce himself to the president of the Waala Traditional Council and solicit his support as he embarked on his tenure as the Upper West Regional Minister.

In his address, Stephen Yakubu attributed the improper sale of government lands in prime areas to the Lands Commission’s lack of commitment to protecting these lands.

Amidst these discussions, Yakubu underscored the critical importance of collaborative efforts among traditional leaders and key stakeholders in the region to combat the pervasive issue of poverty that afflicts the northern sector of Ghana.

Anchoring his educational approach to resilience and self-determination, he expressed his commitment to providing resources to lift people out of poverty.

Additionally, he called for a paradigm shift in political dynamics, urging stakeholders to transcend political affiliations and unite to leverage political resources to elevate the region above poverty.

In his speech, Naa Seidu Braimah, speaking on behalf of the Overlord of the Waala Traditional Council, pledged their unwavering support for Minister Yakubu’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the region.

He commended themMinister for acknowledging the imperative of collective action in addressing the poverty challenge, considering it a significant step towards its resolution.

Reporting by Alhassan Erasun Tajudeen in the Upper West Region

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