Stabilizing land administration in Ghana would help to curb the numerous issues associated with lands in Ghana. The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, on Wednesday, said the passage of Ghana’s new Land Law 2020 (Act 1036) shows Government’s commitment to stabilize land administration and boost local and international investment.
Secondly, stabilizing land administration in Ghana through the new Land Law also seeks to ameliorate land sector problems. Some of theses problems are the destruction of the environment through illegal mining or “galamsey” and wanton chain saw operations with its negative effect on water bodies.
Further, the new law also shows the government’s resolve to deal with conflict between customary landowners and lessees of public land areas. Conflicting land search reports and double registrations of land; encroachment on public lands and issues around rapid development of properties without regard to planning schemes.
Mr Acheampong said the Government has initiated several interventions and was keen on removing the numerous bottlenecks confronting Ghana’s land sector. This move will help boost local and international investments. The Minister who was speaking during the inauguration of the reconstituted 39-member of the Eastern Regional Lands Commission raised concerns about the challenges facing Ghana’s land administration.
Ghana’s new Land Act aims to revise, harmonise and consolidate laws on land to ensure sustainable land administration and management as well as ensure effective and efficient land tenure. The Act repeals 13 enactments and re-enacts same with modifications. This is according to land experts, who also say the law further contains a number of novel provisions.