The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has called on staff of Implementing Agencies of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) to change their attitude and behaviour towards work to help attain the development objectives of the Project.
He said the equipment and funding provided by the Project would be meaningless if the workers continued to put on the same attitudes and behavior as in the past which has brought about disputes and indiscipline in the land sector.
Opening the 5th meeting of the National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) of LAP-2 in Accra yesterday, the Minister who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee said the sustainable development of land was a pre-requisite for the expected economic transformation of the country and its citizens and urged the staff of Land Sector Agencies and all involved with the implementation of the Project to recognize the responsibility on their shoulders.
Alhaji Innusah Fuseini said the negative practice by some of the staff of the land sector in deliberately delaying action on land documents before them ostensibly to compel clients to ‘put weight’ on the documents must be a thing of the past, especially in this era where the Project aims at helping to reduce the turn-around time and cost of land transactions.
He said efforts must rather be geared towards the removal of bottlenecks which hampered the smooth administration and management of land and the need to fasten the digitization and automation of land transactions and the prompt disposal of land cases in the courts as envisaged under the Project .
In a contribution, a member of the National Project Steering Committee, Daasebre Osei Bonsu 11, the Mamponghene, urged the Lands Commission to expedite action on the establishment of the One-Stop-Shop system where clients registering their land would not have to go through the cumbersome processes of dealing with different agencies at different locations which was time consuming and encouraged fraudulent practices.
The National Project Steering Committee is the highest organ of the Land Administration Project under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources with funding support from the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency aimed at a sustainable, efficient and decentralized land administration system in the country.
The Committee is made up of representatives from various stake holders including the National House of Chiefs, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry Environment, Science and Technology, Food and Agriculture Gender, Children and Social Protection. Others are the Judicial Service, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana Institute of Planners, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana National Association of Farmers, Peasant Farmers and Heads of Town and Country Planning Department, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, the Lands Commission, the National Project Coordinating Unit of LAP-2 and Civil Society Coalition on Lands.