The Asere Kotopon Royal Stool has stressed the need for property owners within the National Sports Complex enclave to renew their documents with the appropriate authorities to be assured of genuine indenture.
The Stool also reminded occupants of the agreement between the Land Commission, the Asere Stool, and property owners within the National Sports Complex enclave to pay their annual ground rent at the tires and in the manner aforesaid without any deduction whatsoever whether formally demanded or not.
In a press conference addressed by the Dzaasetse of Nii Boiman, Nii Ayi Mensah I, who doubles as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Regularization Association as well as the PRO for the Nii Boiman Land and Property Owners Association stated that by a memorandum of understanding, MoU, dated June 5, 2018, between the Lands Commission and the pre-acquisition owners of the acquired land represented by the Divisional Chief agreed to forgo compensation for the acquired land given consideration already received from the encroachers.
He recalled that the re-allocation of the Sports Complex area lands to the government occurred in 1975 through Executive Instrument (E.I 61) dated 23rd April 1975 LS408/75 acquired the land to be used for the national Olympic Sports Complex.
Nii Ayi Mensah I, noted that by the said MoU it was agreed that the Commission shall undertake the regularization of the encroachments without demanding the payment of premium except administrative charges and rents since the encroachers have already paid.
He added that the agreement also stated that occupants are to pay and discharge all existing and future rates charges taxes duties assessments impositions and outgoings whatsoever imposed on the demised premises or upon any building or buildings thereon or imposed upon or payable by the owner of the occupier.
Nii Ayi Mensah I, acknowledged that the pre-acquisition land owners are responsible for the grant of most of the land occupied by the encroachers.
He indicated that encroachers have organized themselves into residents and Landlords Associations to facilitate this regularization process and with their financial assistance a planning scheme has been prepared and approved for the area.
Nii Ayi Mensah I, reiterated the supremacy of Asere, referred to a document by the then Dutch, excerpts of the document reads; “To this day, when either money or the debt has to be divided between the whole of Accra, it is divided into three (3) equal parts.
“Any individual or family that has purchased a parcel of land within the enclave is a lessor and shall continue to pay the appropriate ground rent to the Asere Kotopon Stool Land Secretariat being represented by the Niiboiman Landlords Association”, he stressed
Again the PRO referred a condition prescribed by the Land Commission to claimants of parcels of land as follows; before a land owner will be issued with a Title (Lease Hold Document), that individual/group must produce a certified document from the chief or family that sold the land, indicating their consent and prior knowledge of you (buyer) owning the said parcel of land, size and specific location.
The Nii Boiman Dzaasetse disclosed that since their refusal to pay the proposed amount, members of the Association keep being served with demolishing notices from various officers and Departments of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
He, therefore, appealed to property owners to join an Association close to their area of residence and also go through the process of documentation and further receipt of a genuine indenture signed, and endorsed by the allodia owners of the land.
Nii Ayi Mensah I, cautioned the general public especially property owners at the National Sports Complex enclave at the racecourse and its environs to desist from undertaking any dealings whatsoever with unknown people but rather deal with the PRO or the Asere Stool.
By: Paul Mamattah