Chiefs and Family Heads Urged to Register Lands

The Volta Regional Lands Officer (RLO) of the Lands Commission, Mr Gershon Quamie Tsra, has called on Family Heads and Chiefs to take measures to protect lands handed over to them by their forefathers and ancestors.

According to him, the family heads or principal members of the families must take the initiative to register all lands in their custody as well as declare their interest in lands belonging to their families or clans.

Mr. Tsra made the call at an outreach programme at Kpetoe in the Volta Region organized by the Lands Commission under the auspices of the Land Administration Project (LAP II) to educate the chiefs and people of the area on lands related issues aimed at bringing sanity in land administration in the region and the country.
 He said this, when done, “will give the Commission the authority to protect your land from encroachers and rampant sales of such parcels of land by unscrupulous persons including unauthorized members of the family”.
The event was attended by staff of the commission, the Agotime Ziope District Chief Executive and the chiefs and people of the Kpetoe community.

He stated that Project, which is funded by the World Bank, the Government of Ghana and other donor agencies seek to address land related litigations and bring about sanity in land administration in the country.
The RLO who doubles as the Volta Regional Coordinator of LAP-2 explained that the increasing cases of land litigation in the region which includes rampant sales and double sales of land could be reduced if family heads take measures to register their interest in their land.

In his welcome address the Agotime Ziope District Chief Executive Mr. Michael Kobla Adzaho assured the community of the determination and commitment of the District Assembly to cooperate with the Land Sector Agencies and LAP-2 to ensure an orderly development  in the region especially in the area of human settlement planning and reduction in land disputes.

He cautioned the community members against under taking development in the area without first notifying the District Assembly and the Town and Country Planning Department of the intended development. “Though the land belongs to you, you still need permission from the rith and appropriate authoritires before undertaking any form of development on the land” he said.

The Paramount Chief of the area, Nene Keteku expressed his concern for what he described as the emergence of land related conflicts and tensions which  were becoming a source of great worry in the area and called on the Lands Commission to increase its presence in the community with such outreach activities in the area to help address these land conflicts.

Nene Keteku disclosed that the situation has gotten to the extent that some family members “including children just get up and sell lands indiscriminately due to the lack of respect for traditional authority and the regulations pertaining to land lease and sale”

According to him members of his communities have little knowledge of land administration including sales and acquisition and expressed the gratitude of the Traditional Authorities to LAP-2 for the orientation workshop.

The programme was attended by Traditional Authorities, Assembly members, Land Owners , Farmers, women groups and tenant farmers in the Kptoe and surrounding communities among others.

LAP II is a follow up on LAP1 and is being implemented based on the National land policy which came into effect in 1999. The Project concentrates on completing outstanding legal and institutional reforms, removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various land administration challenges.

It is being done with the view of speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds, enhancing security of tenure and resolving land disputes, among others.

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