Lands Commission
Lands Commission

Madam Barbara Serwa Asamoah, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, made this known at the inauguration of the Western Regional Office of the CSAU at Sekondi, on Thursday.

Lands Commission
Lands Commission

The establishment of the CSAU is a pilot project aimed at reducing the administrative bottlenecks and public frustrations in accessing land services, promote quality land service delivery and improve the image of the Commission.

It would also ensure more customer-friendly services and a shorter turn-around time in service delivery
The CSAU would provide the general public with a single point of entry for all Lands Commission services, including completion and submission of all relevant land documents, payment of required fees, stamping and documentation at the Unit for vetting, cross-checking of data and validation.

Madam Asamoah observed that the establishment of the Unit in the region had come at an opportune time, as the demand for land for various purposes, especially in the oil enclave, continued to increase steadily and put pressure on the land sector agencies and traditional authorities.

The opening of the Western Regional Office of the CSAU brings the number to five nationwide, following earlier inauguration of the Units in Accra, Tamale, Bolgatanga and Koforidua respectively.

She noted that the establishment of the CSAU marked a significant milestone in the land administration reforms being undertaken by the government in line with its strategy towards streamlining the land service delivery in the country.

“As part of the strategic interventions to improve the land administration system in the, the Government conceived a fifteen to twenty-five year long-term land administration reform programme under my Ministry, to implement provisions of the 1999 National Land Policy,” she pointed out.

The aim of the land Administration Programme (LAP), she said, was to provide an efficient land management system for food security, human

settlement plan, spatial and infrastructural plan and harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework on land, based on efficient, transparent, decentralised and sustainable land administration system.

The Executive Secretary of Lands Commission, Dr. Wilfred Anim Odame, indicated that the establishment of the new Lands Commission following

the passage of the lands Commission Act, Act 767 of 2008, had removed duplication of activities that often resulted in unclear processes in land registration.

He assured that the Commission would use its resources efficiently to meet the expectations of the government, business community, investors and all Ghanaians with regards to the administration of land issues, to ensure quality service delivery.

The legislation made four previously independent land sector agencies namely, Survey Department, Land Valuation Board, Land Title Registry and lands Commission as divisions.

These divisions which are now part of the new Lands Commission include the Survey and Mapping Division, Land Valuation Division, Land Registration Division and Public and Vested Lands Management Division.

GNA

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