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We have to address challenges in the land sector – Minister

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA

Bolgatanga, Aug. 11,
GNA – Mr John Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has
said the challenges of the land sector needed to be addressed for Ghana to
realise the goal of becoming a major business destination.

Mr Amewu said it is
the dream of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo  to make Ghana the  becoming the gateway for business in Africa
and confronting the challenges in the land sector  would also pave the way for the  implementation of  many of the government flagship programmes
such as the ‘One  Village, One Dam’, ‘One
District , One Factory’, ‘the Planting for food and Jobs’, the Coastal, Middle
Belt and Northern Development Authorities , road, railway and telecommunication
infrastructure .

Mr Amewu said this
when he inaugurated the Upper East Regional Lands Commission at the Regional
Coordinating Council in Bolgatanga.

He urged the 20-member
Commissioners to work hard to help address the challenges in the sector to
realize the set targets.

Mr Amewu said the
myriad of land litigations among different parties at the courts, traditional
authorities participating in multiple sales of lands, falsification of land
records in different public agencies and the high cost of survey charges are
some of the factors which discourage owners from doing proper documentation.

Other challenges, he
said, were encroachment on public lands, delay in processing land documents and
registration of lands. 

He said poor inventory
of lands that were acquired by the Government in the past has made many clans
and communities to lay claim to such land and thereby encroaching on them.

He said some of the
lands with encroachment concerns include the key ministries areas, the
residencies and some agriculture investments like the Tono and Vea Irrigation
projects, road reservations, schools and hospitals among others in the region.

Spelling out some of
the duties of the Commissioner, the Sector Minister said they were expected to
manage public lands and any other lands vested in the President by the
constitution on behalf of government and advice government, local authorities
and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of
particular areas of the country.

They are also expected
to formulate and submit to government, recommendations on national policy with
respect to land use suitability and capability and assist in the execution of a
comprehensive programme for the registration of title to land throughout the
country. 

Mr Rockson Bukari, the
Upper East Regional Minister, also appealed to Commissioners to sensitize
communities on the implementation of government flagship programmes adding that
“it is becoming very difficult to acquire land for the implementation of the
programme and for development”.

Mr Stephen Ntim, the
National Coordinator of the Commission, assured the Commissioners that
government would provide the needed the resources and logistics to ensure that
they work to achieve the target.

Mr Jonathan Agme, the
Chairman of the Upper East Regional Lands Commission, on behalf of his
colleagues, thanked Government for the confidence reposed in them and pledged
that they would work hard to help government accelerate development.

GNA

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