The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has presented 20 brand new Nissan Pick Up vehicles valued US$590,680.00 to five Land Sector Implementing Agencies under the Land Administration Project(LAP2) in Accra.
The beneficiary Land Implementing Agencies are; Lands Commission, Judicial Service, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL), Town and Country Planning and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
Speaking during the presentation, Alhaji Fuseini said reforming and restructuring Ghana's Land Administration System to boost economic activities and ultimately reduce poverty remained the greatest priority of the government.
He said notwithstanding the resource constraints of Government, the Government will not relent in its efforts to mobilize more resources to promote security of tenure as well as ensure that Customary Land Owners, the private sector, government and individuals took advantage of the opportunities within the Land Sub-sector to maximize the use of land for development.
Alhaji Fuseini expressed regret that Land Administration Services for some time now were concentrated in the Regional Capitals, which he noted were out of reach to most ordinary Ghanaians.
To address that trend, he said the Government was poised in deepening the decentralization of Land Sector Services to the local levels through the Land Administration Project (LAP2) to ensure that land services were brought to the doorsteps of rural farmers, Chiefs, Queens and Queen mothers, Traditional Authorities and women whose roles the Minister described as paramount under the reforms.
To ensure the successful implementation of the LAP 2 Project, Alhaji Fuseini urged all staff of the Implementing Agencies to put their shoulders to the wheel by taking up challenges and re-dedicating themselves to their core duties to ensure the removal of bottlenecks hindering the achievement of an effective and efficient Land Administration System for Ghanaians.
He also urged the beneficiary agencies to put the vehicles to the purposes they were intended for. The Land Administration Project (LAP2) is largely funded by the World Bank and other development partners with counterpart funding from the Government of Ghana.