-Lands Commission Boss
The Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Wilfred K. Anim-Odame, has denied media reports, he bad-mouthed former president, John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama, to the Akufo-Addo government, to save his job.
According to Mr. Anim-Odame, the story published by The Herald last Monday February 20, 2017, stating among others that, he was behind the removal of the former chairman of the Lands Commission, Nana Agyei Ampofo and the Greater Accra Regional chairman of the Commission, Oko Niikoi Dzani by former president, was also untrue.
It will be recall that, Mr. Anim-Odame, was dismissed on January 26, 2017 with a letter from the Flagstaff House, signed by the Executive Secretary to the president, Nana Bediatuo Asante, but a new letter dated January 26, 2017, stated that, “further to my letter reference OPS. 127VOL.8/A/89 dated 24th January, 2017, please be advised that same is hereby withdrawn”.
He was thus; reinstated to act as boss of the Lands Commission to the surprise of many. Insiders later told The Herald that, the restatement was as result of the overbearing influence of New Patriotic Party (NPP) bigwig, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman.
Ahead of his restatement, was a two-hour crisis meeting inside the Flagstaff House. Present in the meeting were President Akufo-Addo and most of his chief administrators at the presidency.
Writing through his lawyers, J. Opoku Boateng & Co to this paper, the acting Lands Commission boss also said “We state that our client has not engaged in selling lands to persons to cheap prices to be sold at very expensive prices contrary to what your paper in the above stated publication would want Ghanaians to believe”.
The letter dated February 22, 2017 said; Mr. Anim-Odame, while serving under ex-President Mahama government’s dutifully performed and exercised his discretion in the utmost interest of the Commission.
Below is the unedited letter