Minister of Lands and Forestry Hon. John Peter Amewu has stated that the role of the lands commission in the development agenda of this country cannot be overemphasised, this is evident in the lands commission Act of 2008 Act 767 and Article 258 of the 1992 Constitution.
He said the Constitution mandates lands commission to promote the judicious use of land by the society and ensure the land use is by sustainable management principles and the maintenance of a sound ecosystem.
He discloses this when inaugurating the Ashanti Regional Lands Commission Board at the regional coordinating council and said land development is affected in conformity with the nation’s development goals.
Hon Peter Amewu urged the new members of the commission, especially representatives from the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are implored to liaise with the respective Assemblies to ensure the effective cooperation of the Assemblies with the commission.
Additionally, the land sector is undergoing some reforms with the implementation of the Ghana land administration project (LAP). Under the project, this region has seen fundamental institutional changes like the establishment of the Land Courts, the one-stop-shop which has merged the land sector Agencies namely Survey and mapping division, land valuation division, land registration division and the public and Vested lands management division.
The land administration project (LAP II) is developing the Ghana Enterprise Land Information System (GELIS) to automate services rendered by the commission to the public entirely.
The Ashanti region is strategically placed in the geography of Ghana and terms of land as a vehicle for wealth creation, the region’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from Agriculture, Mining, Commerce and Real Estate is very substantial.
The Ashanti Regional Minister Hon. Simon Osei Mensah commended the newly sworn-in board and said they have come at a tough time where our lands, water bodies and environment are destroyed by illegal miners (Galamsey) but charged them to support the government to fight the menace. He also boasts of a very historic and unique customary administration setup.
Over the years the Manhyia land secretariat under the guidance of His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has been transformed into an automated setup.
Giving the closing remarks, Ashanti regional lands officer Nana Kwampong Aboah II said the important role of Kumasi and particularly the Ashanti region play in the socio-economic development of the country.
Source: Metro News | Krobea Asante |