MP Ablakwa Questions Government’s Decision to Partner with Private Firm for Land Reclamation

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu Member of Parliament, has challenged the government’s choice to work with a private firm to reclaim state lands that have been encroached upon.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abdulai Jinapor said during a Parliamentary session that the government had amended its agreement with Aynok Holdings Limited, awarding the company 15 percent of the reclaimed land as compensation.

Ablakwa expressed his dissatisfaction with the arrangement and claimed that it is a sign of a broken state because state security appears to have failed to safeguard and recover government properties.

“Have we become such a failed state that we need to hire a private organisation to defend our lands because we are unable to protect state territories with the full national security system, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence, National Security, Police, and everything else? Then, by extension, state institutions ought to be closed. This is truly unbelievable. Even money has lost its value.”

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