Nii Obuor Fred Afful, flanked by the other Trustees, addressing the press conference
Nii Obuor Fred Afful, flanked by the other Trustees, addressing the press conference
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A conflict over the management of the East Dadekotopon Development Trust at La in Accra continues to deepen as the former executive and new executive boards fight over the Trust.

While the old Executive Board of Trustees is challenging the appointment of the new Board members, and therefore would not vacate, the new Board is insisting on its legitimacy and has vowed to take absolute control of the Trust.

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As a result of the raging conflict which has been characterized by court actions, the Police and some alleged land guards last week, seized the Trust’s office and locked out the new Board members.

But the new Board has regained possession of the office, and is demanding that the old board members, who seem to be operating a parallel Trust, stopped holding themselves out as Trustees or face the repercussions.

The Trust was established in 2003 as a result of a Trust Deed by three traditional parties of La, and is mandated to manage the vast land in East Dadekotopon behind the Trade Fair area.

At a news conference on Monday, Nii Obuor Fred Afful, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, asked the public to disregard the claims by the old board members.

“There is only one Trust and duly appointed members.

“The duly appointed/authorised Trustees who were inaugurated and sworn into office on September 8, 2017 have taken office after the relevant and lawful processes,” he said.

He recalled that after their appointment, the old board filed a suit at the High Court challenging their appointment by the three Settlers of La consisting the La Stool/La Traditional Council, Nmati Abonase and Leshie Quarters of La, adding that “they however, lost the case on the grounds that they lacked capacity as Trustees to bring any action to court.”

Nii Afful noted that the attention of the Board has been drawn to one Emmanuel Odoi Yemo who is allegedly parading himself as the Executive Secretary to the Trust.

“The said Emmanuel Odoi Yemo is neither a Trustee nor an employee of the Trust. To the best of our knowledge, he is an assign of those purporting to be Trustees whom the Court had found to lack capacity.

“Also Lawyer Laud Samuel Nsiah Akuetteh has been relieved of his services as lawyer of the Trust,” he said.

The Members of the new Board of Trustees are Messrs Samuel Sowah Oblejuma, Jerry Oddoye, Israel Gonti Adjei, Enoch Addo Sowah, Daniel Lartey, Andrew Nii Odoi Yemo, Nii Obuor Fred Afful and Robert Mensah Okpoti.

By Nii Adotey/

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