Accra ‘Modern City’ To be Constructed; DVLA Office, Armed Forces Mess and others To Be Relocated-Lands Minister

Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has disclosed the enclave stretching from the Catholic Church opposite the Jubilee House through the 37 Lorry Station to the area behind the Stanbic Height at Airport City would be redeveloped into a modern city of Accra.

This, he said, is part of efforts to beautify the landscape of the capital city and bring up economic activity into that neighbourhod.

According to him, the redevelopment will see ‘another city’ spring up within the city of Accra and indicated the Ministry will soon free up the land and relocate all the various installations on the land earmarked for the project.

Hon. Abu Jinapor disclosed this when toured parts of Accra on Tuesday during which he also paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey.

He indicated that some of the installations that would be moved to free up the enclave for work to begin to include the DVLA office, the Police workshop, the police station, school, and the Armed Forces infrastructure among others.

The lands Ministry, he said, has been working with the Ministry of the Interior and Defense for some years now, “Which has culminated in a private investor and partner of the government putting up these infrastructures which will see the relocation of these installations and these operations to free up that land.”

He disclosed that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is yet to name the city, which will be a new major development in the heart of the capital that will be some sort of a downtown Accra.

“Hopefully, when the development takes off we are going to have skyscrapers, big-ticket infrastructural developments in the enclave that will bring about a lot of robust activities,” he said.

He explained that the strategy is to take full possession of the land before the allocations for the projects take off, which has already been developed in a beautiful modern master plan.

The Minister visited the Greater Accra Regional Minister during which they discussed the land guards menace, the multiple sales of lands, and using violent and criminal means to appropriate lands.

This situation, he said, has been the major problem in Accra and indicated the effort of the Regional Minister is very important in the equation to sanitize land administration in the capital region.

President Akufo-Addo, he said, expects the Lands and Regional Minister to work together to sanitize the land sector in Greater Accra and all issues related to land administration.
“Particularly, as they relate to the criminal conduct of some individuals and group of persons with issues on land.

So we discussed those matters extensively,” he said.
He disclosed that as part of the green Ghana project and the effort to beautify Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Friday launch the ‘Let’s clean our frontage’ campaign.

The exercise, he said, will also see the President plant trees in the meridians of the streets of Accra in the government’s attempt to beautify and clean up the capital.

Story by:Kwaku Stephen

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