Western Region Has Major Land Challenges Because of Oil and Gas

The Western Regional Minister, Mr. E.K.T. Addo has appealed to the implementers of the Land Administration Project {LAP} to intensify their activities in the Western Region in streamlining land administration because the Region is under severe pressure from land speculators and other s as a result of the Oil and Gas exploration in the area.

He said the challenges of ‘unprecedented land grabbing and land related disputes’ are so serious in the region, and especially in the twin-city capital of Sekondi-Takoradi , that if immediate remedial measures were not put in place, a time will come in the not too distant future when citizens and people from the region may find it extremely difficult to ‘get a place to lay their heads’.

The Regional Minister made the assertion when he received a delegation from the World Bank, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Canadian International Development Agency and officials from the Project Coordinating Unit and Implementing Agencies of  the Second Ghana Land Administration Project  {LAP-2}  in his office.

Mr. E.K.T Addo said he had made time to meet with the team on his very first day in office as Minister for the Region because of the challenges and importance of land to the sustainable development of the people of the area and the country as a whole.

The Regional Minister also appealed to the Project to support the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies [MMDA’s} in meeting the deadline set by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama for them to complete the Street Naming and House Addressing throughout the country within the next 18 months.
Responding, Mr. Hardwick Tschale, the World Bank Task Team Leader of LAP-2, said the Project already had a component to support Street Naming and House Addressing which was on-going in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly with funding support of 2.6 million US Dollars.

Mr. Tschale said the ultimate objective of the Project is to reduce poverty and promote rapid socio-economic development by putting in place an efficient, transparent, effective, sustainable and decentralized land administration system for the country with improved Legal and Regulatory regime, human resource development and automation of services for quick turn- around time in land transactions.

The National Project Coordinator of LAP-2, Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari said the Western Region was one of the four regions selected by the Project in the area of improved mapping and Spatial development because of the Oil and Gas find in the region and its anticipated consequences on land and related matters but that the rest of the components for LAP-2 is however for the entire country.

He expressed the gratitude of the delegation to the Minister and the Regional Coordinating Council and  explained that the visit was part of an Implementation Support Mission  {ISM} which  provides opportunity for the Funders and Implementers of the Project to evaluate their status of implementation, identify challenges and seek remedies for the smooth implementation of Project activities.

Dr. Karikari said the Second Land Administration Project was a follow up to the first LAP implemented from 2003 t0 2010 as part of Government’s Land Policy to reform land administration in the country and that it is being funded by the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency [CIDA} and the Government of Ghana with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as the supervising Ministry.

Other members of the delegation included Mr. Frank Byamuguishe,  a Senior Land Specialist from the World Bank, Dr. Beatrix Allah-Mensah, Social Development and Gender Specialist of the World Bank, Mrs, Anna Antwi and Vincent Marinlo both from CIDA, Mr.K.D. Osei, Director of the Town and Country Planning Department , Mr. Steven Oduro Kwarteng, Western  Regional Lands Officer  and Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson, Communication Specialist of LAP under  the Ministry  of Lands and Natural Resources.





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