Participanats at the Middle zone of the stakeholders consultation workhop, held in Kumasi. seated in the middle is Mamponghene Daasebre Osei Bonsu II
The Technical Director at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Sulemana Mahama, has appealed to the public to study the draft land bill and make their inputs for consideration.
He said the new bill needed the inputs of all and sundry to make it a good law that would stand the test of time and also address all the problems relating to land acquisition in the country.
Currently, he said there were over 166 land laws scattered around and the new bill was trying to consolidate them into one cohesive law that would incorporate all laws relating to land in the country.
Speaking at a stakeholder consultation workshop during the middle belt stakeholders meeting organized by the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the Land Administration Project on the draft bill in Kumasi, Alhaji Mahama, said the Lands Bill working group also included a spousal rights section into the bill.
That section, he said was to cater for the properties acquired by spouses during marriage.
According to him, there were court rulings on these issues and all the committee did was to collate them and put them into law for easy reference.
Other issues tackled by the new bill included the renewal of leases and compulsory acquisition of lands by the state.
Alhaji Suleymana Mahama, Technical Director (Lands) making a presentaion at the stakeholders consultation workshop
According to him, the committee has observed that many chiefs tried to resell lands to people after the expiration of their lease taking into consideration developments that have taken on the land.
This, he said, was not right and the draft was proposing that the renewal should be automatic for indigenes and for non-indigenes, the renewal could be subject to new terms.
On the compulsory acquisition, he said, the new proposal was for government to consider the outright purchase of the lands and if that was not possible, at the least, government must hold consultative meetings with those concerned and pay the appropriate compensation.
Alhaji Mahama said hopefully, by the end of September, the working group would have finished with the consultation and submit the bill to cabinet for approval.
He said the committee would hold consultative meetings with known bodies such as the Judiciary, the Ghana Bar Association, gender groups, traditional rulers, farmers and other bodies to ensure a wider consultation.
By: Emmanuel Okang
Communication and Public Outreach Officer (LAP-2)