Regional News of 2014-04-25

Tetteh Quarshie Family wants land back

The family of the late Tetteh Quarshie are grieving over what they describe as the unfair treatment being meted out to them by the management of the Ghana Railway Company (GRC) Limited.

According to the head of the family, Mr. Eric Adoteye, various plots of land at Nsawam in the Eastern Region and Osu in the Greater Accra Region which belong to the family of Tetteh Quarshie, but was leased out to the GRC for a period of 99 years have been sold out to some developers.

In addition, he said since the land was leased to the company 99 years ago, the family had not received any form of royalty or payment from the GRC.

Subsequently, the Nii Adoteye Osu We Family Stool is asking the management of GRC to give back the land leased to them since the period given had elapsed.

Mr. Adoteye said the family would not hesitate to take legal action against the GRC, should management fail to comply with the directive.

When the Daily Graphic visited parts of Nsawam, where the land was leased to the GRC, structures had been erected there.

Churches had also taken over garages in which cocoa sacks were kept.

Residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic claimed that the land had been sold to them by some officials of GRC.

A mini-mall owner, Mrs. Eunice Addio, divulged that she had paid a huge amount to acquire the two plots of land she operated on from GRC, adding that she planned to expand her business to cover the remaining stretch of land.

According to her, she had legal documents to back the sale of the land to her by the management of the GRC, adding that she had no intention of vacating it.

When asked by one of the family members of Tetteh Quarshie to provide the documents, Mrs. Addio went inside her shop and brought the document which bore her name.

Mr. Adoteye, who was accompanied by some members of the stool, said efforts had been made to discuss the issue with the GRC on many occasions, but no positive result had been achieved.

“We have travelled and visited the offices of the GRC to discuss the issue with management but they keep telling us that they know nothing about the sale of the land. We have even made attempts to speak to COCOBOD, which, we were told, could assist us, but nothing positive came out,” he said.

Mr. Adoteye observed that the stool had the entire legal document to prove that the 99-year lease had expired, adding that the document bore the signature of some officials of the GRC.

He, therefore, called on the government to intervene, since the “injustice meted out to the family of Tetteh Quarshie” was hindering the operations of the stool.

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