Saturday, September 22, 2007
Land charges too high – Chief
THE Mamfehene and Kyidomhene of the Akuapen Traditional Area, expressed concern over the high charges in land transactions which, he said, inhibited people from formalizing their land acquisition with land agencies.
He said land was a great asset and heritage of the people and so there should be proper, efficient and effective land administration and management.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day annual seminar of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, General Practice division, in Accra, Nana Sasraku said it was unfortunate that some professionals offered unprofessional support and took advantage of the ignorance of those who undertook transactions in land, which put them into trouble.
The two-day seminar, on the theme; “Land: Our Asset and Heritage”, is being attended by general practitioners throughout the country to discuss the concept of land and examine the socio-cultural significance of land in the present circumstances, vis-à-vis high economic considerations.
They will also consider pragmatic ways of enhancing good management practices to enable land to serve its role, consider the contribution of surveyors in land management over the years and identify areas where the surveying profession can contribute to enhance the land administration system.
Topics to be discussed include “State Intervention in Land management for Sustainable Development”, “Protecting the Integrity of Land Rights – the Traditional Council’s Role”, “Enhancing Access to land as a strategy for Poverty Reduction” and “land Management System, the Layman’s Perspective”.
“For us as a people, our lands are the greatest natural resource. Without lands we cannot even grow food. Without our lands we are nothing; without our lands we have no future; without our lands we are chiefs and elders of emptiness”, Nana Sasraku said.
He called on chiefs, family heads and clan heads to invest their lands in feasible business opportunities, instead of selling them outright.
The Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines, Ms. Esther Obeng Dapaah, said as a result of the lack of documentation, as well as cultural beliefs, ownership of land was passed on from generation to generation in the past without raising’ any capital, adding, “As the world evolves, land must be used as equity in various investment ventures to improve the lives of the people”.
She called on surveyors to assist the government, individuals and traditional authorities to use land more productively to accelerate development and also make a representation to the ministry on practical ways of operationalising various government land policies.
Ms. Dapaah pledged her support to ensure that the Real Estate Brokerage Bill was passed into the law when it went before Cabinet and Parliament. – GNA
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