The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon. George Mireku Duker has today, 15th July, 2021 inaugurated the reconstituted Central Regional Lands Commission. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Cape coast, the Hon. Deputy Minister acknowledge the hard work, dedication and passion with which the previous Commission steered the affairs of the Central Regional Lands Commission, which yielded numerous results for the region and beyond.
He stated that the Central Region occupies a unique position in the development agenda of the country, saying ” there was vast array of land and natural resources abounding in the region and charged the New Commission to ensure that there is the needed accelerated development in the region.
“The region’s development is tied to land investment and this requires the needed land administration reforms to make it possible” he added.
Hon. MirekuDuker also indicatedt hat, Article 260 and 261 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, provide for the appointment of members for each Regional Lands Commission, stressed that
“as we are gathered here to fulfill this constitutional mandate, bringing on board multiple professional prowess and experiences in helping the Government achieve its agenda in Land Administration”.
He further mentioned that ” Our land management system, over years, has witness administration and bureaucratic challenges such that some desperate land protection schemes are taking root, including the use of unregulated security land guards, I am aware that activities of land guards have been on the rise in the region in recent years particularly in areas such as Nyanyano, kasoa enclave, Gomoa Fetteh and Winneba. Their activities are illegal and a contravention of the existing laws and we must deal decisively with this.”
The Deputy Minister also said on 23rd December 2021, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, gave Presidential assent to the Land Act, 2020 ( Act 1036) for it to be gazetted into law. This he said, is another significant step in the reforms agenda.
HE emphasised that the Act is not just about the harmonisation and consolidation of laws relating to land, but also to ensure sustainable Land administering, management, effective and efficient Land tenure in Ghana.
In her welcome Address, the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan underscored the importance of the occasion saying it is not only important because of the relevant personalities gathered here but also the special interest we attach to the management of our Lands for the socio- economic development of the country in general and Central Region in particular.
The Regional Minister urged the new Commission to show collective leadership and join forces with all stakeholders especially our Chiefs to address the challenge facing Land management in the region.