‘Resolve land litigations in Greater Accra’ – Amewu

Godwill Arthur-Mensah/ Priscilla S. Djentuh, GNA

Accra, July 21,
GNA—The newly constituted Greater Accra Regional Governing Board of the Lands
Commission has been inaugurated with a call to resolve land litigations and
land guards’ challenges that are crippling the development of the region.

The 23-member board
were tasked to ensure that land titled registration were conducted within 30

Mr John Peter Amewu,
the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, gave the directives when
addressing the members of the Board at the swearing-in ceremony in Accra on

He charged them to
ensure that the development of individual lands were properly coordinated with
the relevant development plan for the areas concerned.

He noted that, as
representatives of their constituent institutions, they were supposed to focus
attention on the interest of their people and not for the sale of lands for
their private benefits.

According to the
Minister, the region was the most populous in the country with the largest
array of administrative, commercial and industrial establishments and,
therefore, continued to draw more people to its domain thus, unleashing a very
heavy demand for land for various purposes.

He added that the
situation had resulted in much uncertainty, disputes, claims and counter claims
leading to the disturbance of the peace in many places.

‘‘The dearth of
affordable land has led to the shortages of housing leading to the development
of several slums dotted in different parts of the region,’’ he observed.

In view of this, the
Minister tasked them to come up with policy direction that would reduce the

Mr Amewu said
government had formulated many policies and legislations through the
establishment of the Lands Commission to guide development of the country to
ensure socio-economic growth.

The Minister reminded
them of the provisions of the 1992 Constitution in Article 258 and 261 that
mandated them to manage public lands and any other land vested in the President
on behalf of government.

They are to advise the
government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy
framework for the development of particular areas as well as assist in the
execution of comprehensive programmes for the registration of titled lands
throughout the country.

‘‘As you come into
office, these are the areas that should constantly engage your attention and
come out with policy direction to help resolve the challenges,’’ he emphasised.

He entreated the
representative of the Regional House of Chiefs to take particular interest in
helping to identify the appropriate customary hierarchies that had allodial
ownership of land, adding ‘‘this would bring land litigations in the region to
the barest minimum’’.

For his part, Mr
Ishmael Ashitey, the Regional Minister, said the region had been confronted
with many land disputes coupled with land guards that were unleashing mayhem on
innocent people.

He stated that 50 to
60 per cent of issues that come before the Regional Administration were land
related challenges and, therefore, urged the Police Administration to assist
the Regional Coordinating Council to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The Minister expressed
optimism that the members of the board would help in solving the land
litigations and ‘‘land guardism’’ once and for all.

The 23-member board
chaired by Lawyer Alex Quayenor comprised professionals and individuals who had
distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour with vast
experiences and expertise in land management.

Mr Quayenor, on behalf
of the board members, gave the assurance that they would bring their expertise
to bear on land administration in the region and work diligently to ensure
efficient and transparent land services to the public.

Her ladyship Barbara
Tetteh-Charway, a Justice of the High Court, had earlier administered the Oath
of Office, Secrecy and Allegiance to the members of the board.


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