VEEP Bawumia asks stakeholders to commit to new Land Act to enhance land administration

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has appealed to stakeholders to commit to the implementation of the new Land Act (Act 1036) to enhance land administration in the country.

Addressing a national symposium on the Act, the Vice President partly attributed the high interest rates and the slow development of the mortgage market in Ghana to the challenges with land administration.

It is for this reason that government is leveraging on technology to digitize land administration.

He announced that the website of the Lands Commission will be updated monthly with regard to land registration to avoid the tendency of lands being sold multiple times to unsuspecting members of the public.

The Symposium seeks to among other things sensitize the public to the new Act and also create the platform for stakeholders to share ideas on how to leverage on the Act to improve land administration in the country.

Act 1036 came into force last year replacing the existing 13 other pieces of land legislations predated in the 1992 Constitution. Act 1036 introduces new provisions relating to customary land management, compulsory acquisition and spousal land rights among others.

Vice President Bawumia noted that this is first time an Act has been introduced to ensure an effective land administration adding that this will help eliminate land litigation which threatens the peace and security of the country.

Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor described the Land Act as novel and will bring sanity into land administration. He said the Lands Commission is in the process of digitizing the acquisition and sale of lands.

The Symposium was on the theme, The Land Act, 2020 (Act 1036): The way forward towards effective land administration in Ghana.

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