Investigate the alleged sale of portions of Achimota forest- 14 CSOs to CHRAJ
A group of 14 Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, have petitioned the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to probe the degazetting and alleged sale of portions of the Achimota forest reserve lands.
The CSOs want CHRAJ to expose any situation of conflict of interest.
They also want CHRAJ to investigate any procedural flaw in the alleged allocation of lands in the forest as well as the Sakumono Ramsar site.
The 14 CSOs are; Civic Response, A Rocha Ghana, Nature and Development Foundation, EcoCare Ghana, Viridis Environmental Consult, Kasa Initiative Ghana, Ghana Wildlife Society, Advocates for Biodiversity Conservation, Forest Watch Ghana, 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon, United Force for Development, Rights Advocacy Initiative Network (RAIN), Tropenbos Ghana and KCODEC.
According to them, CHRAJ is in a better position to investigate the matter. “Ghana’s Forest Reserves should be protected in perpetuity for the purposes for which they were gazetted. Loss of any amount of Forest Reserve or other protected area, no matter how small, should never be allowed. The de-gazetting of some of the Achimota Forest sets a very bad precedent for Ghana’s other protected areas. The reversal of these transactions on the bases of conflict of interest will send a strong message to other public officers who might be tempted in future to use their position to grab state property,” the CSOs said.