Some youth and traditional leaders of Nungua in the Greater Accra region are accusing Dr Amoako-Tuffuor of the office of the Vice President of using his position to annex their lands illegally.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, 11 December 2020, spokesperson for the angry youth James Bortequaye called on President Akufo-Addo to call Dr Amoako-Tuffuor to order.
He said: “We are organising this press conference concerning Dr Amoako-Tuffuor who claim to be a professor and a lecturer working at the Vice President’s office”.
“He’s using the office of the vice president to take our land at Sakumono and he claims he has documents signed by the Nungua Mantse and the Gyaasekye of Nungua and we are saying that the document he has is fake”.
“We are urging the president to call Dr Amoako-Tuffour to order and we are urging the IGP to call the Sakumono police station officer who claims to be an uncle to Amoako-Tuffour from Oyorko clan to order”.
“We don’t want any problem, we want our land back…this is not about politics, we are talking from our heart, and we don’t want this embarrassment at this time of our elections”.
“We are calling on the president, we can change our minds, and we can do a lot of things”.
“If he [President] doesn’t call him [Dr Amoako-Tuffour] to order, what is going to happen will be felt by the length and breadth of the whole country”.
This comes just a day after some GaDangme youth and traditional leaders expressed anger at President Nana Akufo-Addo and his government over what they describe as the worst land-grabbing incident by any government in Ghana’s history.
They accused the President of not sticking to his promise of protecting lands belonging to the GaDangme people but rather watching idle as his appointees privatise lands in the Ga traditional area.
The President, in an interaction with the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs last month, noted that he has directed the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to begin consultations with the House of Chiefs, as part of moves to deal with issues of compulsory acquisition of land by the government.
But the youth of GaDangme said this is “adding salt to their injury”, as, according to them, it adds up to the numerous unfulfilled promises made to them by the president.
They warned that they might be forced to protect their lands on their own if the President does not return lands illegally annexed by government officials, to them.
The group’s convener, Mr Jeffrey Addo kwei Tetteh, addressing the press in Accra on Tuesday, 10 November 2020, said: “He whose kernel was broken by the benevolent spirit must learn not to boast”.
“We would have had this media interaction on 27 October 2020 but for the timely request and persuasion by the NPP National Chairman, Mr Freddy Blay, who requested a 48-hour window of intervention, which was closely followed by a plea from Honourable Adjiri Blankson on the same subject.
“Although we knew their intention of buying time to work out a strategy, we still gave them the audience out of respect for the elderly”.
“It was, therefore, not surprising to us when President Nana Akufo-Addo, in adding insult to our injuries, indicated his readiness to institute a commission to start looking into GaDangme land matters next year January, as if the term of the presidency extends beyond the stipulated four years in the Constitution and, again, as if the president already knows the outcome of the forthcoming election”.
“Do you already know what tomorrow brings, in terms of political power, Mr President”?
“Your greatest silence in these inimical activities can best be described as connivance, if not indicating of your complicity; otherwise, why should these appointees, i.e. Dominic Nitiwul, Asomah Cheremeh, Maxwell Nsafoah, Alhaji Sulley and Stephen Ntim, among others still be in office under the rule of law”.
“The La State has been bleeding for the past 60 years and still counting, with the members of the La traditional council being gagged to suit the whims and caprices of the government as always, and if care is not taken, whatever scenario that took place at Denkyira Obuasi and elsewhere might be replicated in the worst form in La in the foreseeable future if and only if these demands are not addressed within reasonable and redeemable time”, the youth threatened.
For his part, the co-convener, Nii Amoah Okromansa I, said: “We’re in a constitutional era, we’re in a democratic era where the rule of law is supreme, and the rule of law does not expect you to go violent ways.
“We’ve sat with the government officials, both past and present, asking for what is due us; what is given to the Akyem Kingdom, what is given to the Asante Kingdom, what is given to the Gonja land people, Dagomba people, the Voltarians, we are asking same in Greater Accra”.
“As long as it will take us, even 200 years, we will continue to fight until the rights of the GaDangme people have been returned to them. If Nana Akufo-Addo doesn’t listen to us, then what happened in 1652 will happen again.”