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Protect nation’s lands to ensure development – Madam Gyasi

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Sekondi, July 30, GNA – Madam Barbara Oteng
Gyasi, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, has said ensuring
the judicious use of land and its development is in conformity with the
nation’s development goals.

She said land administration and management
over the years had been bedeviled with numerous challenges which has resulted
in conflicts among communities and ethnic groups with their attendant social
upheavals.

These unfortunate incidents according to the Deputy
Minister constituted an affront to growth and development of any nation
including Ghana and called for integrity to ensure sanity in the land
administration regime.

Madam Gyasi was speaking at the inauguration
of the Western Regional Lands Commission Board Members as mandated by the Lands
Commission Act 767 which require the appointment of competent individuals to
ensure effective land management.

The Commission had been charged by the
Ministry to among others resolve issues around the sale of large tracts of
lands for speculative purposes, conversion of stool lands to family lands, to
speed up the numerous court cases on land litigation and the encroachment and
acquisition of public use areas.

They were sworn into office by Justice Edward
Amoako Asante, a Supervising High Court Judge.

The Deputy Minister also employed the members
to work on the turnaround time of processing lands title documents, increase
cash flows to government and fight corruption and malfeasance on the part of
staff.

Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Regional
Minister, said there is the need to protect the material assets of the country
for the sake of future generation which is the basic rule of sustainability.

She said this basic rule places a huge
responsibility on Ghanaians and land owners to put in place frameworks and
mechanisms which would prevent land disputes, multiples sale of lands,
indiscriminate development, land racketeering and also safeguard the interest
of generations yet unborn.

Mrs Kusi said the Region was confronted with
land disputes, issues of galamsey, activities of quack surveyors and annexation
of coast lands and development of special areas.

She urged the members to be selfless in their
service to mother Ghana.

Dr Isaac Kofi Sagoe, the Chairman of the Western
Regional Lands Commission, said land is a critical resource and major factor
for production and pledged on behalf of the members to work hard to ensure the
realization of the objectives of the Land Commission.

“We wish to state that we will never disgrace
our nation and all those who put us in such honourable positions of trust”, he
said.

GNA

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