The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL), has inaugurated a Customary Land Secretariat (CLS) for the Breman Traditional Area in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District (AOBD) of the Central Region.
The inauguration comes after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the traditional council and the OASL, the lead agency in the establishment of CLSs and its other allied activities under the Land Administration Project (LAP).
The CLS will among others, assist in land documentation and administration in the area and help them take advantage of the Customary Boundary Demarcation (CBD), Ascertainment of Customary Law Project (ACLP) and Family and Rural Parcel Right Demarcation (RPRD) and
allied activities under the LAP.
Under the operation of the CLS, a Land Management Committee (LMC) has been constituted to ensure local participation in land management and adopt simple land management procedures which are easy to understand and appreciate.
The inauguration brought together members of the traditional council, family heads in AOBD assembly members and staff, and a team from the LAP and representatives from the neighboring Communities.
Mr. Prince Gyapong, acting Central Regional Stool Lands Officer (RSLO) for the OASL, said the absence of proper documentation of land dealings in the country had led to several conflicts, multiple sales of land and reduced investors? confidence, contributing to the loss of lives and property.
He said the CLSs were therefore to help traditional authorities and land owning communities to put in place necessary structures at the local level, which will improve land records, restore investors? confidence and reduce land litigation.
He reiterated the benefit associated with the establishment of the CLS to include the promotion of peaceful development of local communities, assurance that the CLS will bring land related disputes to the barest minimum, providing accurate land records for the local people, and other investors, promote good governance and clarify land ownership right and use.
He therefore admonished all stakeholders who were present to give the secretariat the needed supports to enable it serve its designed purpose.
The CLS project and its allied activities form part of support from donor partners and the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources aimed at assisting traditional authorities and other land owners in the administration and management of land at the local level and Ghana in General.
The project has provided technical assistance in the form of training and capacity building in areas of land administration and management, as well as office equipment such as furniture, computers and accessories to enhance the operation of the secretariat.
The Paramount Chief of the Traditional Area, Odeefuo Amoakwa Boadu VIII and other divisional chiefs pledged to help the CLS achieve the desired impact.
The program was climaxed by the cutting of tape by Odeefuo Amoakwa Boadu and assisted by the District Chief Executive, Mr. Samuel Adom Botchway and Mr. Gyapong.