The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has charged senior management members of the National Lands Commission to, as a matter of urgency, speed up work on all projects and programmes currently being undertaken by the Commission.
Such efforts, the Minister stressed, will go a long way to enhance land administrative system in the country.
Mr Abu Jinapor gave the charge during the 58th Annual General Meeting of the National Lands Commission top management in Accra.
The Minister underscored the importance of the Lands Commission in boosting investor confidence through prudent land administration structures in the country’s land market.
“The gravity of the responsibility, as a repository of the records relating to all lands in the country says it all. You can’t have cocoa if you don’t have land; you can’t have gold if you don’t have land, you can’t have agriculture if you don’t have lands,” he said.
He, therefore, believes that everything boils down to land, and as such, it is necessary not to take the work of the Lands Commission for granted.
He appreciated the efforts of his Deputy responsible for Lands and Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio, the Chairman of the Commission, Alex Quaynor, the Executive Secretary, James Dadson, and members of the management for their tremendous work.
Mr Abu Jinapor further expressed the hope that relationships will be strengthened to facilitate the execution of its mandate.
“Let’s work together as a team. The task ahead is a herculean one and would require all hands on deck. In the spirit of corporation, candor, mutual respect, and collaboration, we can get more work done and help resolve the old age problem bedeviling land administration,” he urged.
The National Chairman of the Lands Commission, Alex Quaynor, assured the Lands Minister that the Commission will work assiduously to meet the set targets in implementing all the land reformation programmes.
He expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Minister for pushing them beyond their limits to get their communication strategy up and running in making their efforts known to the public.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, James Dadson, gave a comprehensive report on the projects and programmes the Commission had embarked on so far.
He disclosed that the Commission had been able to distribute over 1000 copies of the new Land Act to citizens across the country. He also revealed that the Headquarters of the National Lands Commission will be completed in July 2023.
The meeting saw representation from all 16 regions, representatives of professional bodies and other government agencies.