Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says digitalizing land registration processes is the best way to improve the current state of the economy.
Speaking at a national symposium on the Land Act, 2020, Dr. Bawumia said the only way Ghana can make the much-needed strides in development is when technology becomes the driving force for all sectors of the economy.
“To address these critical challenges in the land sector and to optimize the contribution of land to the socio-economic development of Ghana, the Government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to change through the application of technology. Ghana can only make the much-needed strides in development when technology becomes the driver for all sectors of the economy.”
“Therefore, as part of the digitization agenda of the Government, I have established in my office a Liaison Unit which is fervently working to assist the Lands Commission and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in expediting the digitization of its processes”, he said.
The Lands Commission in line with the Government’s plan to digitalize every aspect of the economy moved away from its manual system unto an online platform in November last year.
The Commission is yet to cover all lands in Ghana on its online platform.
The Vice President further urged all stakeholders to assist the various traditional authorities with the technical and professional know-how, in order to establish their respective Customary Land Secretariats, in line with the Land Act, to improve the management of their lands.
“The Land Act provides that our eminent chiefs, clan and family heads, tendanas, who are the custodians of approximately 80% of the land area of Ghana, are required to establish Customary Land Secretariats to improve the management of their lands.”
“However, our Traditional Authorities will require technical and professional assistance from the Lands Commission, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands and the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority to establish the Secretariats. I trust the honourable Minister would give the urgent support and needed directives to the agencies to this end,” he added.
Source: Ghana Business