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Regional News Thu, 17 Mar 2005

Workshop on Land Administration Project ends

Techiman, (B/A) March 17, GNA - Government has sourced 55.4 million dollars from its development partners to streamline land administration. Mr Sandy Anthony Mensah Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Land Administration Project (LAP) made this known when he addressed a day's sensitisation workshop on the project at Techiman. It was organised by the Ministry of Lands and Forestry and the LAP to boost the stakeholders verification pilot inventory exercise, which he said was crucial to the country's overall land administration set up. Mr Mensah said lands given out by chiefs as ex-gratia for social infrastructure projects such as schools, clinics have been encroached upon.

He said LAP would offer increased revenue for land owing group, promote coordinated development, reduce encroachment and increase investor and public confidence in land administration. Dr W. Odame Larbi Technical Director at the Lands and Forestry Ministry said an inventory pilot scheme was under way in three districts in the Region and three in the Eastern Region to enable government to formulate and implement policies on government lands.

Mr Wilford Anim-Odame, Property Investment Analyst and Principal Valuer of Land Valuation Board said the objective of the inventory was to take stock of state acquired and occupied lands and their utilisation Nana Owusu Gyare, Akwamuhene of the Techiman Traditional Area who chaired the function expressed the hope that LAP would ensure proper documentation of lands to end the numerous disputes related to claims of ownership.

Source: GNA