People in Ho were shocked to hear that a piece of state land had been sold for Ghc41

Following reports that a state plot in Ho, the capital of the Volta Regional, was sold for GHC41.0 by the Lands Commission, there has been a public uproar. 

The aforementioned property, which is claimed to be roughly an acre in size, is situated in a space designated for the Ghana Meteorological Agency off the Ho-Aflao road. 

Documents pertaining to the lease that JoyNews intercepted stated that the land, which actually measures 0.52-acres, was rented for GHC41 per month for 50 years rather than sold. 

The Lands Commission first consented to lease the site for GHC3,200 per year, subject to renewal every three years, per a letter dated November 2, 2021. 

A GHC31,200 surcharge was also ordered to be paid for the land by the lessee, a hospitality company called International Diamond Resort Limited. 

On November 11, 2021, a different letter delivered to the corporation stated that the rent for the 0.52-acre plot of land had been decreased to GHC 500 per year. 

The ground rent has been lowered from GHC3,200 to GHC500, which I am happy to notify you of. The Volta Regional Lands Officer, Nukunu Nuviadenyo, wrote in the letter, "Kindly pay the aforementioned amount and the additional costs contained in the offer to enable us to issue a deed of lease in your favor. 

Many members of the public have questioned the reasoning behind leasing governmental land in a desirable region of Ho to private developers for "peanuts," when they could buy the site for a higher price. 

What led the Lands Commission to lower the rent from GHC3,200 to GHC500 is a further matter of inquiry. 

The citation of a high-rise building in a neighborhood where the Ghana Meteorological Agency operates, which the general public believes may have an impact on the organization's ability to offer weather services, also surprises the public. 

Response from the Lands Commission to the Claims 

But the Lands Commission responded, stating that the 0.52-acre plot was leased for 50 years but omitting to include the rent. 

However, it clarified that discussions with the lessee, International Diamond Resort Limited, prompted the decision to lower the fee from GHC3,200 per year. 

The response read, "The reduction in rent was the result of negotiating; a waiver for the first three (3) years thereafter, the investor pays full rent to the State." 

In addition to the rent, it specified that there would be premium, development, processing, and presentation fees. 

Plotting, lease preparation, inspection, and deed registration fees are a few more. 

According to JoyNews checks, the costs come to around GHC34,000 altogether. 

The Commission affirmed that the private developer had paid all of the aforementioned fees before the site was released, and it added that the area had been leased to avoid encroachment and to bring in money for the State. 

"Over the years, uncontrolled encroachments have occurred on state property such as the Leprosarium purchases, the School of Hygiene, and others, and the user agencies are either involved or stand by as people infringe on such lands. 

In order to prevent encroachments on the lands, the Commission developed a policy as part of its management role to give such leases on the edges of threatening acquisitions. 

Therefore, the leasehold grant to International Diamond Resort Limited is a strategic gift to stop such encroachments, according to the response. 

However, the Commission criticized a user agency's attempt to lease out an acre of public land to a private developer without notifying the Commission and asked the public to be very concerned about such unlawful actions to steal money from the state. 

You should be more worried about the fact that a lease for the same parcel of property was granted to a different private company at the relevant period without informing the commission, as is required by law.



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