The Lands Commission has denied the recent claim by Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, that his official residence in Cantonments was on the brink of being sold to a private developer.
The Lands Commission, through its Acting Executive Secretary, Benjamin Arthur, issued a press statement on Monday November 20, 2023, refuting the allegations and providing a detailed account of the property’s recent transactions.
Alban Bagbin had raised the alarm during the Speaker’s Breakfast Forum at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, expressing shock at the purported sale.
However, the Lands Commission’s official statement dismissed the claim as unfounded.
“The Lands Commission has become aware of reports in a section of the media suggesting that the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament’s official residence at Cantonments has been sold to a private developer. The Commission wishes to state emphatically, that at no point in time was the said property sold to a private developer by the Lands Commission.
“The land in question was acquired in 1920 by a Certificate of Title, dated 7th June, 1920 for Government services.
“Since 2003, the land has always been used as the official residence of the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament,” part of the press statement said.
Below is the full statement: