A former Lands and Natural Resources Minister under former President John Dramani, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has taken a swipe at the current Minister, John Peter Amewu for saying that the NDC sold state lands to cronies like ‘’kelewele’’ under their tenure.
Speaking to Accra based Joy FM the Minister, said state lands were given away to cronies like “kelewele” [fried pieces of plantain] without regard to due process.
A committee has thus been formed to look into the land sale, he added.
But reacting to the claims by the Minister on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini indicated that if that is the angel the current Minister will go then he [Fuseini] will also accuse the NPP of distributing state lands like toffees.
He also chided the Minister for making the unfortunate comments when the committee he set has not concluded their work.
He said Mr. Amewu lacks understanding of lands administration and his comments were very unfortunate.
The legislator said if we want to discuss the issue of land allocation dispassionately, we should go as far back as 1993 and will find out those who distributed lands like ‘’toffees’’.
According to him, the land administration system which is not illegal and the redevelopment process introduced under former President Rawlings led to the abuse of state officials acquiring state lands. The NPP he indicated reviewed the policy and also abused the process.
Alhaji Fuseini said after Mills took over office and he was assigned Minister, he placed a ban on such acquisitions and the year 2013 recorded the lowest acquisitions.
He concluded that the acquisitions of state lands will not inure to the benefit of the state hence the need for us to re-look at it.