First Administrator of Stool Lands retires

The Administrator of Stool lands, Dr. (Mrs) Matilda Esi Fiadzigbey has retired after 35 years of dedicated service to the nation. The icon of Land Administration handed over on the 15th February 2008 at the Organisation’s 10th annual conference held in Accra recently. 

The Administrator of Stool lands, Dr. (Mrs) Matilda Esi Fiadzigbey has retired after 35 years of dedicated service to the nation. The icon of Land Administration handed over on the 15th February 2008 at the Organisation’s 10th annual conference held in Accra. 

In October 1996, Dr. (Mrs.) Fiadzigbey was appointed the first Administrator of Stool Lands. With limited resources at the time, she together with the pioneer skeletal staff established the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL). The Office has since grown and blossomed into a very dynamic result-oriented office with seven (7) Regional and seventy seven (77) District branches. During her tenure she visited all regions, most District Assemblies, Chiefs and Traditional Councils to interact and consult with stakeholders of stool lands at the grassroots level. As a result, work output of the Office significantly increased despite some challenges. 

Mrs. Fiadzigbey distinguished herself in various capacities especially in the Lands Sector of the Ministry of Lands, Forestry & Mines. She served on many national committees and also occupied many positions of responsibility. 

Prior to her appointment as Administrator of Stool Lands, Dr. (Mrs) Fiadzigbey was Director; Training and Research of the Land Valuation Board and served as member of the National Lands Commission.

She is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors the recognised professional institution for Land Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors and Estate Surveyors and was elected President of the Institution in 1995; the only woman ever to occupy that position. 

She won her second Commonwealth Foundation Award in 1996 and was made an honourable fellow of that Institution. The award took her to a number of countries across the globe including Britain and Canada. In 1995, Dr. (Mrs) Fiadzigbey led Ghana’s delegation to the joint Technical Conference of the commonwealth Association of Surveyors and Land Economy and the International Federation of Surveyors held in Harare, Zimbabwe. 

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), her alma mater, recognised her distinguished service to the University, the surveying profession and the nation

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