Chiefs Asked To Seek Expert Advice On Land Boundaries

The National Coordinator of the Land Administration Project, Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari has called on traditional authorities to constantly seek expert advice from land administration authorities to help them identify various land boundaries in their areas, to avoid increasing land litigations in the country.

Speaking to newsmen after delivery of a paper on the overview of the Land Administration Project at a two day orientation workshop organized for land sector agencies in the Volta region at Ho yesterday, he reminded the agencies not to relent on their effort to step up their training and education activities to enable land owners to be abreast with current land administrative policies, in order not to be cheated by the staff of the land administration.

Dr. Bonsu Karikari noted that having broad knowledge about the activities of land administration, it would also afford them the needed opportunity to acquire the necessary title documents relating to the ownership of their  land, which would then reduce litigation and conflicts in land administration.

He also cautioned the staff of the Lands Commission and its related agencies against extortion of various sums of money from clients who are in need of their services noting that such negative practices did not only tarnish the image of the organization but also derails the land registration concept.

According to him, several complaints were made by people concerning the negative attitudes of some staff who constantly collect unapproved amount of money from clients under the pretext of making available their expertise to them.

He cautioned such workers to change their attitude towards work and be faithful in the discharge of their work.

The Social Development and Gender Specialist of the Land Administration Project II, Mrs. Sarah Antwi-Boasiako, noted that women have been relegated to the background for far too long in the acquisition of land in the country and that it was time for them to be part of the processes towards the distribution of land, be it family or stool lands.

According to her, women formed the greater number in terms of population and should not be sidelined in any decision making process, since they play a complementary role in the various departments, agencies and organizations to ensure that intended development aspirations were met.

Mrs. Antwi- Boasiako said the Land Administration Project I and II were, therefore, committed to strengthening the capacity of women to stand firm and demand what was due them in relation to issues of ownership.

The Volta Regional Lands Officer, Mr. Gershon Quamie-Tsrah said land issues were very significant to mankind and it should spur people on to tackle land issues with the seriousness   it deserves.

He stressed that inadequate legislative instruments would militate against the acquisition of lands and would spell doom for the nation if land administration was experiencing problems adding that the Land Administration stage II was geared towards consolidating lands of individuals and groups.

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