Since midday, the Achimota Forest Reserve has been trending on social media, particularly on Twitter and Facebook.
This comes after the government announced, via an Executive Instrument (E.I), that the popular reserve is no longer a forest reserve.
Achimota forest has not been sold pic.twitter.com/toP4sY1rrC
— Ghana News Prime (@ghananewsprime) May 17, 2022
The E.I, which was signed by Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, states that the land is no longer needed as a forest reserve.
It also stated that the ban will take effect on May 1, 2022.
“An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.”
“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” a portion of the E.I said.
This news has got a lot of Twitter users expressing their concerns on same.
— Achimota School (@AchimotaSchool) May 17, 2022
The Achimota School Twitter handle (@AchimotaSchool) tweeted asking “is it true Achimota Forest Reserve has been sold?”
In 1930, the colonial govt of Gold Coast (now Ghana) bought about 5 sq km of land in Achimota, marginally increasing its meagre land holdings, to set up a Forest Reserve. In 2013, the govt transformed the reserve into an Eco-park. This month, the Prez ended the reserve status. pic.twitter.com/4ZhxTFzmou
— Bright Simons (@BBSimons) May 17, 2022
President Akufo-Addo under Executive Instrument 144 has lifted the1927 classification of the Achimota Forest in the Greater Accra Region as a Forest Reserve, paving way for its redesignation, reclassiffication, sale and development by other interests
We are doomed!! pic.twitter.com/FHAqSh24S9
— AKWESI🧘🏽♂️🇬🇭🇬🇭 (@_AlbertAkwesi) May 17, 2022
Government of Ghana claims to be embarking on the Green project to sustain the vegetation yet the same government has declared Achimota forest as no longer a forest. Therefore the trees can be brought down for construction works to begin. What a confused country we live in!
— Lady Mogambo (@afua_henewaa) May 17, 2022
The cessation of Achimota forest as a reserve really worries me. In this era of climate change. Something all past Presidents have avoided but only one decided to do. Ei!!
— El (@Naa_Rida) May 17, 2022
The Achimota Forest Reserve is no longer a forest reserve as per this Executive Instrument gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo on 19th April, 2022.
What is wrong with us?
— Kwaku Asante (@kwakuasanteb) May 17, 2022
A WHOLE FOREST OOOOOO! DEM PUT ACHIMOTA FOREST FOR TONATON! Ei Jesus😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Africa's 'Larry King'🎙🇬🇭 (@OleleSalvador) May 17, 2022