Government will provide an enabling environment for effective land services – Abu Jinapor

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor

The government is committed to providing the necessary equipment, modern technology and infrastructure for effective land administration in Ghana, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, said on Monday.

He said the government has started processes to establish public-private partnerships to revolutionize the land administration regime to engender economic growth.

“Land is one of the most important issues, which every Minister of Lands and Natural Resources will have to face, its implications on the national economy, the security and stability of our country, individual lives and businesses are far-reaching,” the minister said. noted.

“Therefore, the management of the land sector is so important and its ramifications are enormous as it affects all aspects of our national life.”

Mr Jinapor made the remarks in a keynote address at the opening of a four-day Land Commission management retreat in Accra.

It is themed: “Achieving Institutional Excellence in Land Service Delivery through Modern Technology, Human Resource Development and Private Sector Engagement”.

The meeting brought together members of the senior management of the Land Commission, regional land officers from the 16 regions and heads of units to reflect on land management and chart the way forward to improve land services in the country.

Land administration, Mr. Jinapor said, had a huge effect on the national economy, hence the need for stakeholders to work together to ensure effective land services, adding, “We have to do it on the basis of integrity and transparency”.

“Everywhere I’ve been there’s either a land issue involving families, tribes or businesses.”

The recent digitization of land records especially in the Greater Accra region is showing positive results and more work needs to be done to achieve ultimate customer satisfaction, he said.

The minister called for hard work, teamwork and better oversight of land services across the various land units to achieve the set targets.

He is committed to providing the necessary leadership and advocating for land reforms in order to attract the necessary investments in the sector.

On public-private partnerships, the minister gave assurances that the government would ensure that any partnership entered into with a private entity is legally appropriate to ensure value for money.

Mr. Alex Quaynor, Chairman of the Lands Commission, in his welcoming remarks, highlighted the need for capacity building to improve the skills and technical expertise of the management and staff of the Commission.

Digitization was only one aspect of land administration reform, but the focus should be on service oversight, modern technology, equipment, staff welfare and good working conditions. work for overall service satisfaction.

Madame Yvonne Sowah, the Greater Accra Regional Land Chairperson called for a change of attitude and mindset on the part of staff and key stakeholders to achieve the desired results.

Gregory M. Roy