The Principal Elders of Osu Wem in the Prampram Traditional Area has through the Asafoatse of Osu Wem Tetteh Odjadam V who also doubles as the Dzaasetse of Prampram released a statement to caution the Lands Commission, the Tema Development Corporation(TDC) and a certain Martey Nelson who have encroached on their family lands in Prampram and busily selling to unsuspecting general public.
The Elders are; Doctor Adumuah Bossman(Head of Family for Osu Wem), Asafoanye Odjadam III, Numo Nortey Ablade(Head of Ablade Wem), Numo Humphrey Akwetey(Head of Narh- Meko wem)and Numo Nuertey Nortey (Counsellor for the whole clan).
The Osu Wem have family lands covering from Prampram, Community 25, Dawhenya through to Sackey, Mitchel Camp, all the way to Adenkesu and sharing boundary with Kpone Traditional area.
However, they have accused some elders of Kpone including the Makralo , one Nii Klottey and shipii Akotia for encroaching on about 27,000 acres of Prampram land and another Nelson Maama Martey mentioned above for also encroaching on about 87acres meanwhile there has been a consent judgment in favor of Prampram covering all these encroached areas since 1927.
Asafoatse Odjadam V stated that in our attempt to resolve this and bring sanity to our boundaries, “the Prampram Traditional council which I am part of and the Kpone Traditional Council came together and held several meetings and wrote a common letter to the Survey and Mapping Department of Lands Commission to come and execute the judgment by drawing the boundaries on the ground. So they brought us bill and both parties paid but as we speak we have been dragging them and they are not coming. We know that the TDC which has no any supervisory role over that jurisdiction have been compromised by the Kpone people whereby a lot of plots have been dashed to these corrupt officials and so they are unwilling to do the right thing for fear of losing their land.”
“Despite the several meetings the Dzaase have had with them they are still not bothered so that is the reason why all these landguards and thugs are entering and appropriating Osu Wem lands to themselves without fear. This guy called Martey Nelson is the son of ex-police officer, Madam Agnes Sai Nortey who is a member of our family in Osu Wem but we patrice patrilineal inheritance so Nelson has no locus bringing thugs and landguards to Osu wem lands and selling them to unsuspecting individuals. Sometimes he can even attack and seize lands that the family has allocated to others and resell them”. he narrated.
Again, Odjadam V recounted that “recently he managed to plot 87acres in his name(as Nelson and Sons) when the Lands Commission is fully aware that the area or land belongs to Osu Wem. This guy doesn’t respect anyone to the extent that he has encroached on our titled land in Otsebleku with landguards and is just disturbing the entire Osu Wem family.”
He said, “initially he had support from some family members who followed him because of money but now they have realized the harm the boy is causing so they’ve all deserted him… we are by this publication cautioning the general public, Lands Commission and the TDC to be very careful in their dealings with Kpone Traditional council,(on Prampram lands) and Martey Nelson or bare the consequences thereof. And anybody who deals with him does so at his own risk.”
“We are also cautioning those elders from Kpone who are also delineating Prampram lands to people to desist from that with immediate effect. Our investigations have proven that some people who bought Prampram Lands from Kpone say 10 to 15 years ago were given just site plan and allocation letters without indentures simply because when they conduct search at Lands Commission they see that the LAND is plotted under Prapram Lands. The sellers are also fully aware of this problem so not even one of them have been able to build in that disputed area. The TDC has titled all Kpone lands and they know so anything that falls outside their titled area is an encroasched land so we are issuing a buyer-beware warning to the general public as far as Prampram lands are concerned