OTUMFUO, MINISTER CUT SOD FOR ULTRA-MODERN OFFICE FOR LANDS COMMISSION AND OTHERS IN KUMASI
The Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Nii Osah Mills breaking grounds for the construction of the Office Complex for the Lands Sector Agencies in Kumasi with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II waiting to Pick the shovel.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Nii Osah Mills and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II have jointly cut the sod for the construction of an ultra-modern office complex for the Lands Commission and other Land Sector Agencies in Kumasi.
The new multi-purpose building being put up by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources under the auspice s of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2), will also house the Ashanti Regional Offices of the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) and the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL).
In an address at the ground breaking ceremony, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said Land was about the most important commodity for the sustainable development of all nations and people and needed to be accorded utmost attention and protection.
The Otumfuo said, aware of the importance of land, Asanteman has from time immemorial treated land with the seriousness it required and expressed his gratitude and that of the people of Ashanti to the Government, the World Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFAT-D) of Canada for the construction of the edifice.
The Asantehene prayed for a third phase of the Land Reforms under the Land Administration Project to ensure that its laudable goals and objectives are attained as LAP-2 is expected to end in March 2016.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills said the new office is a special multi-purpose outfit which has been designed to enhance the new Client Service and Access Unit (CSAU) model of the Lands Commission to bring sanity in Land service delivery in Ghana. The Minister said the CSAU is designed to be a One-stop-shop to cater for all land service transactions at one place where applicants will submit their initial documents and world be given a specific time to pick up their deeds or titles to land as the case may be after the payment of the statutory fees.
Nii Osah Mills disclosed that the CSAU, to be launched in 5 pilot regional centres soon, would operate in similar circumstances as in the acquisition of a Ghanaian travelling Passport and will reduce the time and cost of land service delivery as well as reduce to the barest minimum the human interface in land transactions.
The Minister said it was because all land Sector Agencies would be involved in the successful operations of the CSAU that the new building will house the Lands Commission, the Town and Country Planning Department and the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands under one roof.
Dr. Benjamin Quaye, the National Project Coordinator of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) disclosed that the new office complex is estimated at 22.5 million Ghana Cedis and is scheduled to be completed in 15months.
He said the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and with funding support from the World Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFAT-D) of Canada are implementing LAP-2 aimed at a transparent, efficient, decentralised and sustainable land administration with the ultimate objective to reduce poverty.
Caption: National Project Cordinator, Dr. Benjamin Armah Quaye delivering his address at the ground breaking.
Mr. Anto Berko, the architect for the complex said the building has been designed with modern and standardized fittings and structures and is disability friendly. The building is being put up by Jasong Limited, a local construction firms.