The Project Coordinating Unit of the Second Phase of the Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) have organised a day- Orientation Workshop for Staff of the various Land sector Agencies in the Greater Accra Region.
The Second Phase of LAP seeks to address the various challenges facing the sector with the aim of improving efficiency in the delivery of Land services and increase tenure security.
Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, National Project Coordinator of LAP-II said the Second phase of the Project aims to consolidate the gains made under LAP I by deepening Land reforms to enable the land sector agencies to become more responsible to clients.
He added that the project would offer more information on standard statutory fees, land values and charges on land transaction certificate through the website, online and brochure.
Dr. Karikari explained that the implementation of gender, civil society engagement and outreach strategies will be integrated across the entire project to give equal access and opportunity for women to own land.
He said phase II would help address land litigation problems, Dr. Karikari said though the outfit had carried out advocacy and education to the public, attitudinal change would help change the situation.
Outlining the Project components, he mentioned decentralization and improving business and service delivery process, improved maps and spatial data for Land Administration as well as strengthening policy, legal and regulatory framework for Land Administration.
The Five-Year project when fully executed, he said would make Land administration policies and laws more consistent and coherent and ensure a more efficient and decentralised Land Administration system operating throughout the country in accordance with government policy and compatible with cultural practices within a self sustainable mechanism.
The LAP is the government’s programme of giving to the long-term goal of the 1999 National Land Policy which sought to stimulate economic development, reduce poverty and social stability by fostering prudent land management.
In attendance at the workshop where representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, National Project Coordinating Unit of LAP II, Lands commission and the Town and Country Planning.
The rest were from the Office of the Administrator of Stools Lands and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.