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09-Aug-2018  
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The Okyeman Traditional Council has can called on the public to consider as false reports that 500 residents around the great Ofori Panin Fie - the Okyenhene’s Palace,  are to be ejected to enable expansion works at the iconic palace.    

“The report that over 500 houses are to be demolished is preposterous and irresponsible, but however not surprising.  We see it as a drop in the ocean amongst several attempts to denigrate the person of the Okyenhene, and being part of the agenda to court public disaffection for the Ofori Panin Stool and Okyeman.” A statement contained.

Full statement below.

The Ofori Panin Fie has found it necessary to react to news reports with regards to alleged demolition of 500 houses in Kyebi ostensibly to pave way for expansion of the Ofori Panin Palace.

This also relates to a statement attributed to a certain Daniel Aboagye of a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Okyeman, claiming to represent the interest of residents who are to be evicted as part of the palace expansion project.

Amongst other things going round is specific reference in the media of an alleged attempt to expand the Ofori Panin Palace to twice the size of the Manhyia Palace.  This is directly linked to failed attempts to sow seeds of discord between the Ofori Panin Fie and the Manhyia Palace.

In consideration of the interest and concerns generated in public discussion it is imperative to make the following clarifications.

That the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council has no such policy to expand the Ofori Panin Fie. That the Council has not served notice of eviction to 500 residents of Kyebi.

That His Royal Majesty the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin in the year 2007 began a process of extensive renovation of the Ofori Panin Palace.

That  in consequence of the above, it became necessary in the year 2014 to serve notices of eviction to squatters around the palace, these are residents of houses constructed by and owned by the Ofori Panin Stool to serve as quarters for domestic staff and officials of the palace.  Strictly speaking these are part of the Ofori Panin Palace infrastructure.

Upon humanitarian consideration, His Royal Majesty the Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin ordered that those affected be given assistance to rent houses and those who wanted to build houses be given land at no cost.

The report that over 500 houses are to be demolished is preposterous and irresponsible, but however not surprising.  We see it as a drop in the ocean amongst several attempts to denigrate the person of the Okyenhene, and being part of the agenda to court public disaffection for the Ofori Panin Stool and Okyeman.

It is interesting to note that the Ofori Panin Palace is sandwiched between major roads, thus any possible expansion will be limited in scope by any consideration.  Also the housing unit in Kyebi counts just over two thousand!  For the media to report that over 500 houses are to be broken down for palace expansion is irresponsible.

We do not fail to see behind all these organized interests who have sustained efforts to undermine Okyeman.

The So-called Concerned Citizens of Okyeman and Daniel Aboagye are the faces of the forces of mischief and puppets of narrow aims and should be ignored.

The media is once again reminded that the Ofori Panin Fie is open to provide clarification on all issues and are advised to refer to its Secretariat before going to press.

 
Signed:

D. M. OFORI-ATTA

SECRETARY

AKYEM ABUAKWA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL,    

OFORI PANIN FIE, KYEBI
 
 
Source: Peacefmonline.com
 
 

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